Regenerative Agriculture Reference List: Books, Podcasts and Films

There are so many wonderful people who have inspired us through sharing their story or their experiences. I thought I would start to create a reference list of books, podcasts and films that have opened our minds to the possibilities created through the regenerative agriculture journey. The list is by no means exhaustive, and I will keep adding to it as I am introduced to other wonderful resources and stories.

If I have missed anyone who has inspired you, please share them here so I can build this repository of regenerative agriculture excellence!

I hope you can find something here to help inspire you. Where possible I have provided links to the page of the author so you can find out more about their stories.

Books

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – ISBN 9781921248016 – https://www.magabala.com/products/dark-emu

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia by Victor Steffensen – ISBN 9781741177268 – https://www.hardiegrant.com/au/publishing/bookfinder/book/fire-country-by-victor-steffensen/9781741177268

Grassland Flora: A Field Guide for the Southern Tablelands (NSW & ACT) by Sarah Sharp, Rehwinkel Rainer, Dave Mallinson and David Eddy – ISBN 731360214 – https://www.fog.org.au/grassland_flora.htm

Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and Profit by Rowan Reid – ISBN 9781925556117 – https://agroforestry.net.au/products/products.asp

Millpost – A Broadscale Permaculture Farm since 1979 – David Watson – ISBN: 9780646984827 – https://www.millpostmerino.com/product-page/millpost-a-broadscale-permaculture-farm-since-1979

Ngunnawal Plant Use – A Traditional Aboriginal Plant Use Guide for the ACT Region – produced by the ACT Government in partnership with local Ngunnawal elders and their families – ISBN 9781921117152 – https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/s/article/ngunnawal-plant-use-field-guide-tab-overview

Ten Acres Enough The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming – Edmund Morris – ISBN 9780486437378 – https://www.booktopia.com.au/ten-acres-enough-edmund-morris/book/9780486437378.html

The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency – John Seymour ISBN 9780571110957

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia by Bill Gammage – ISBN9781743311325

The Uninhabitable Earth – a story of the future by David Wallace-Wells – ISBN 9780141988870

What Makes a Good Farm for Wildlife – Lead Author David Lindenmayer ISBN 9780643102217 – https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/6450/

Woodland Flora: A Field Guide for the Southern Tablelands (NSW & ACT) – Sarah Sharp, Rehwinkel Rainer, Dave Mallinson and David Eddy – https://www.fog.org.au/woodland_flora.htm

You Can Farm The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Success in a Farming Enterprise – Joel Salatin – ISBN 978-0963810922 – https://www.polyfacefarms.com/you-can-farm/

Podcasts

Regenerative Agriculture Podcast with John Kempf https://regenerativeagriculturepodcast.com/

The Curious Farmer with Kate Field https://www.leapfarm.com.au/podcast

The Regenerative Journey with Charlie Arnott https://charliearnott.com.au/podcast/

The RegenNarration Podcast with Anthony James https://www.regennarration.com/

Working Cows Podcast with Clay Conry https://workingcows.net/

Films

The Biggest Little Farm – John and Molly Chester – https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/

2040 – Damon Gameau – https://whatsyour2040.com/

Regenerating Australia – Damon Gameau https://theregenerators.co/regenerating-australia/

It all starts with ‘why?’

There are some fantastic workshops, courses and field visits open to landowners in New South Wales for people to develop their skills and knowledge to help make their farming enterprises more healthy, and profitable. To get the most out of these opportunities it is important to understand your vision, or your ‘why’. I am in the middle of a Farm Planning Workshop hosted by the Local Land Services. This was the very first question we were asked to consider – and perhaps the most difficult to answer.

I was thankful for the reason to re-examine our vision for the Rock Farm. We haven’t updated our vision statement since I commenced this blog back in 2016. From casting my eyes back over it as we started our farm planning workshop, it was clear our vision needs updating.

Our vision is for sustainable and ecologically sound stewardship of our property, that creates an income and food source for us in an environment that encourages our beautiful boys to grow into gorgeous men. We hope to share this knowledge with others interested in creating a sustainable and healthy future.

The first thing that struck me in re-visiting our vision is that we have moved from sustainable to regenerative in our approach. We don’t just want to maintain our land in its current state, but we want to improve it during our stewardship and set the property up for continual improvement into the future. We want to improve our soil health and fertility. We also want to increase the biodiversity of the plants and animals that live here through creating areas of habitat. We have also come to understand that community and social responsibility are also a key elements of our vision. Oh and you might have guessed, I love managing livestock and Jo loves growing vegetables.

We haven’t got the words yet for our new vision but we have most of the elements of it identified. Through creating a vision statement, we will have a lens through which we can approach all the wonderful learning opportunities that are available to us. It allows us to identify which elements of the books, courses and workshops are relevant to our enterprise, and which aren’t. Perhaps more importantly, it allows us to acknowledge other people’s visions. We can respect that their visions may be different to ours, and this will therefore shape the approach they take to their land management.

I have just discovered a fantastic podcast by Charlie Arnott which will help us define our vision. Charlie interviews some amazing people interested in regenerative agriculture, healthy soils and healthy food from around the world. We have found inspiration in many of his guest’s books or stories. Sometimes it is hard to find the words that best fit what we are trying to achieve on our small farm. To hear Charlie and his guests explain their stories helps us understand that our journey is far from unique. I cannot recommend this podcast enough – especially when he interviews one of our neighbours in episode 15. Please check out Charlie Arnott’s excellent podcast here: https://charliearnott.com.au/podcast/

Of course Sapphire knows her ‘why’. It is her job to make sure the fire doesn’t go out, keep rabbits out of the garden, occasionally ask the cattle to hurry up through a gate and make sure Dad doesn’t run into a tree whilst checking the fences!