Natural Sequence Farming (Video Library)Submitted by stillwater on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 17:22
This video collection covers Peter Andrews' system of Natural Sequence Farming for restoring soil fertility to dry, barren landscapes.
Of Droughts And Flooding Rains
This is the story of Peter Andrews. The following description was taken from ABC-TV's Australian Story who produced this tv special.
"Peter Andrews is a racehorse breeder and farmer credited with remarkable success in converting degraded, salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures. His methods are so at odds with conventional scientific wisdom, that for 30 years he has been dismissed and ridiculed as a madman. He has faced bankruptcy and family break-up.
But now, leading politicians, international scientists and businessmen are beating a path to his door as they grapple with how best to alleviate the affects of drought on the Australian landscape.
Described as a man who reads and understands the Australian landscape better than most scientists, supporters of Peter Andrews claim he has done what no scientist ever thought to do – he has restored streams and wetlands to the way they were before European settlement interfered with them. The startling results of his ‘natural sequence farming’ are said to have been achieved very cheaply, simply and quickly.
Retailer Gerry Harvey has become a committed backer and has recruited Andrews to work on his own horse stud in the Widden Valley. Businessman Richard Pratt is also getting involved. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has become a convert. And now a number of leading national and international scientists hail Andrews as a 'prophet' who should be listened to."
Natural Sequence Farming Explained
"Peter Andrews talks with Martin Royds about the implementation of Natural Sequence Farming methods at Baramul Stud in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia."
1 - Introduction
2 - Building rock walls and leaky weirs
3 - The role of weeds in land rehydration (1 of 2)
3 - The role of weeds in land rehydration (2 of 2)
4 - Using rock walls and weirs to de-energize the water
5 - Raising the water level to hydrate the floodplain
6 - The vegetation filter at the head of the wetlands (1 of 2)
6 - The vegetation filter at the head of the wetlands (2 of 2)
7 - Tall plants in the stream to control erosion during flooding
8 - Using runnels to raise the water table
9 - End of the flow of the Widden Brook at the bottom of Baramul
10 - The devastating erosion of the Widden Brook below Baramul
Peter Andrews at Mulloon Creek
Peter Andrews on Weeds
Are Eucalypts Weeds?
Re-Hydrating the Landscape
Swale Basics - Clip from Geoff Lawtons Water Harvesting DVD
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Carbon and Water Symposium - "The event -- 'Towards an Ecologically Integrative Climate Paradigm Re-Coupling Carbon and Water Cycles' -- is hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences, and Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney, the International Journal of Water, and the Natural Sequence Association Inc."
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