Regenerative agriculture is a holistic farming approach.
It focuses on developing the biology and fertility of soils as the basis of the entire system.
This boosts yields and productivity. It also improves the health of the land reducing dependence on synthetic chemicals.
As a Merino grower and farmer, Vanessa Bell practices regenerative farming. She and her husband Philip do this by rotational grazing. This ensures cutting of the grass, improving soil quality. This type of grazing increases carbon sequestration in the soil.
The Bell family care for their sheep via five welfare domains. These include nutrition, environment, health, behaviour, mental state. They look for improvements to ensure best practice in the management of their flock.
It’s Vanessa’s long-term goal to utilise her own home-grown wool in her collections.
The Bell family also work with Greening Australia. The aim is to protect, restore and conserve Australia’s native vegetation. Replanting projects and locked off corridors are instrumental in this care. The native corridors also act as natural heating and protection from the paddocks for the flock in winter.
Regenerative agriculture supports soil systems, increases biodiversity, improves water erosion and pollution.
It also supports bio-sequestration while improving water retention, compost, microbial health and pastures.