CHAPTER 4.3 Case Study: Taranaki Farm Regenerative Agriculture. Pathways to Integrated Ecological Farming

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By Tom Duncan, Home Ecology & Brooklet Farm Education, Brooklet, Australia

This case study of Taranaki Farm and its director, Ben Falloon, explores integrated ecological agriculture through the lens of holistic management, Regrarian design, permaculture, the Keyline scale of permanence, biomimicry, and advanced farming techniques that increase productivity and benefit farmers with strong financial returns. Regenerative agriculture is the key to making food production sustainable and halting soil loss, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and desertification. A variety of frameworks, methodologies, and tools are explored here. Small- to medium-scale farming is undergoing a renaissance as farmers discover how to increase productivity significantly without using antibiotics or other chemicals or causing pollution and are gaining community support for their holistic enterprises. This section explores the cutting edge of sustainable water and agriculture management with a holistic view that brings together policy and action field research in a case study about one of Australia’s best examples of integrated ecological agriculture.

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About Tom

Tom is an environmental and social scientist whom has worked across the fields of organic farming, aid and development, renewable energy, sustainable housing industry and project investment and finance.
He worked on large land restoration projects in China with AusAID, covering 18.7 million square hectares. Sustainable land and water management programs reached 40 million farmers with innovative educational and technical capacity building activities across community, Government and Industry.
Tom is active in the regenerative agriculture field as a farmer, consultant, teacher and advisor. He assists regenerative farm projects by connecting resources including technical, investment, finance and legal. He writes about regenerative agriculture and management across a variety of platforms. He invented a biomimicry technology called AquaBiofilter, a floating wetlands technology that restores water to its natural state, removing pollutants with biofiltration. The biological technology also provides valuable habitat for birds, fish, turtles and frogs – kickstarting ecosystem restoration – more can be seen at: www.aquabiofilter.com

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