Thursday, December 3 2020, 7-8pm

Speakers: Glen Chapman, Rachel Ward, Mick Green

Neighbouring farmers joining forces

Collaborating with your neighbour can deliver some significant advantages including sharing equipment, resources and land, and some pleasantly, unexpected surprises! There are lots of approaches that can be adopted – some with formal arrangements and some less structured. The speakers in this webinar share their stories and experiences of working with their neighbours as a win win solution for achieving their shared vision of creating a healthier landscape.

Topics include:

  • the importance of communication and respectful relationships,
  • the ways that neighbours can work together to value add and improve farming performance,
  • the power struggles that can exist between neighbours and the ways to overcome these,
  • the challenges that can come up when neighbours have different values and agendas.

Case Study

Transcript: Love thy Neighbour Webinar

Speakers

Glen Chapman

Glen Chapman has been working in regenerative farming for over 20 years and is an accredited Holistic Management Field Professional with the Savory Institute.  As well as having worked with leading consulting firms as a trainer and facilitator, he has travelled internationally researching regenerative farming practices and brings this knowledge and his varied strategic business management experience to Southern Blue Regenerative, helping farmers improve their businesses and lives. Along with training, educating and sharing his passion for regenerative agriculture, he and his wife run Tarinore Farm near Armidale on the Northern Tablelands of NSW, applying the principles themselves, and selling Beef and Lamb to the local region.

Rachel Ward

Rachel and her husband bought their farm, Eastbourne, 33 years ago. Their farm adopted conventional farming practices under the guidance of their farm manager. In 2010, Mick Green took over from his father and become the farm manager. In 2018, on the back of the devastation of drought and fires, Rachel Ward and Mick Green decided to transition to regenerative farming practices. At this time, they joined their herds together and started cell grazing with temporary electric wire. Rachel and Mick then moved to permanent fencing and water infrastructure. Recently, Rachel completed a Holistic management course which she highly recommends to anyone who is considering changing their farming practices.

Mick Green

After finishing high school in the early 1990s, Mick started working for a local family in farming and logging. After a few years, Mick decided to pursue a career in boilermaking and welding. After twelve years of working in the mines, Mick returned home to the family farm in Nambucca Valley. A few years later, Mick moved into managing Rachel and Bryan’s farm next door. Inspired by the potential of regenerative agriculture, Mick completed Joel Salatin mentoring sessions.