It's not often that you get a book that really hits home and makes you think, even rarer that the book is written by a farmer given their time is normally taken up with day to day chores, so when Charles Massy came to writing his book "Call of the Reed Warbler" he took the time to write from his own experiences as a farmer who admittedly did great damage to his landscape. In his book, Charles writes "While consuming more resources then the Earth`s system can replenish, we are hurtling towards multiple calamities. We are degrading the air we breathe, denaturing the food we eat and water we drink and lacing them with a witch`s brew of deadly poisons".
Charles will be presenting at the YLAD Living Soils - Future Gen Farming Seminar and Field Day held in Young on March 11 and 12, and will be discussing his personal journey of discovery through practical and scientific research leading him to Regenerative Farming. He also aims to illustrate other farmers' practical experiences in how they changed from industrial agriculture to regenerative farming, what they went through during that time and their results. Two of the farmers mentioned in the book are local farmers Bill and Rhonda Daly, founders of YLAD Living Soils. For the last 18 years Bill and Rhonda have been supplying biological fertility products and organising educational programs for farmers wanting to build a regenerative fertility system on their own farms, orchards or vineyards.
Charles wrote that "For biological agriculture pioneers Rhonda and Bill Daly, the catalyst was chemical poisoning. While the Daly's were increasingly becoming dissatisfied with declining yields and increasing costs and problems with industrial agriculture, their impetus to make transformational shift went back to when Rhonda nearly died after being poisoned by arsenic when dipping sheep as a child, as well as being sprayed by deadly chemicals while marking for the aeroplane to crop-spray".
Along with Charles, Rhonda and Bill, there will be other renowned local and international speakers at the seminar including biodynamic/biological agronomist Hugh Lovel, soil microbiologist Joel Williams, formulator of the new Organic Collodial Concentrate Mr Y.C Lim and Louise Kiely of Carbon Farmers of Australia.
You can register to attend the Future Gen Farming Seminar and Field Day and take the opportunity to learn through a combination of seminar and on-site demonstrations, how you can adapt the way you farm to build more resilient healthy living soils. After Wednesday's event, local member Steph Cooke will open the new YLAD Living Soils office followed by drinks and dinner. For further information visit www.yladlivingsoils.com.au.