SPEAKING to a group of more than 30 people at a field day on Tuesday morning, Figtrees Organic Farms general manager Glenn Morris shared his story of success in farming and life on a much broader scale.
"The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes," Mr Morris said.
"We are only now starting to view and understand this world around us as a 'whole'. The more decisions we make with respect for the 'whole', the better off we will all be in the future."
What I was dealing with was a landscape with a total breakdown of eco-system processes.
Mr Morris began managing the Figtrees Organic Farm, Wilton Park, on Rogans Bridge Rd in 1998.
"When I took over, I noticed I was dealing with a landscape that had been totally degraded.
"The whole region would be struck by flooding rains one month and drought the next."
Over time, Mr Morris learnt the soil fertility had been completely depleted.
"I wasn't sure then, but I know now, what I was dealing with was a landscape with a total breakdown of eco-system processes."
Wilton Park is an organic grazing property for about 330 head of beef cattle.
The property is about 400ha, and the management of it focuses on the interlinking connections of the mineral, plant and water cycles.
The field day included a walk-through tour of the property, which allowed the group to inspect pastures, discuss weed control, and learn about the advantages of a holistic approach to farming.
Glenn said all decisions made on the farm took into account the flow-on effects of their actions.
"We no longer make decisions based on just beef production or just pastures or just soil chemistry. We understand the interconnected and interwoven combination of all of these factors and do our best to make decisions that consider them all."
The holistic approach to farming has assisted Glenn and Wilton Park farm manager Henry Sheehan in restoring the natural processes of the ecosystem on the property.
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