The last six months has been fast moving for
Peter Andrews, since “Australian Story” went to
air. It’s heartening that the program has received nominations
for a number of international awards and Peter received nomination
for Senior Australian of the Year. His latest nomination is
for the McKell Medal for outstanding contributions to agriculture.
As you may have guessed, Peter has been inundated with requests
for site visits to properties and to undertake many group presentations.
He has helped out with as many of these as is humanly possible
and conducted a number of field days, while at the same time
working on the NSF project at Gerry Harvey’s “Baramul
The scientist’s study at Baramul is continuing and the
work in monitoring and evaluating the NSF system is coming up
with exciting results, giving credence to the observations their
colleagues first made in 2002. Additional positive outcomes
Meanwhile, new NSF projects have received government and private
sector funding at Bungendore, Quirindi and Liddell in NSW, Blackwood
Basin in WA and Gumlu in Qld. Fur ther on-ground projects have
been submitted for funding and more are in the pipeline.
Several bids for funding an NSF manual and training courses
have proved unsuccessful. Instead, some initial development
work has been undertaken through voluntary effort and with the
guidance of the NSW Department of Natural Resources.
On an even bigger scale, the ABC has commissioned a book on
Peter and NSF to come out later this year. This book will fill
in many gaps for the many interested parties, because it will
focus more on Peter’s insights into the landscape than
the personal aspects in “Australian Story”.
In approaching governments and leading players in the private
sector, Peter along with his team of supporters has been amazed
at the interest his philosophies are creating. To assist this
process, a series of Power Point presentations have been developed
and refined and the website has been expanded at www.nsfarming.com
Ra ther than forming a foundation, Peter has preferred to proceed
as he has done through his life, as an individual with a wide
range of friends who share his interest in making life on the
land more productive and sustainable for Australia’s people,
plants and animals.
This is why the enormous amount of unsolicited voluntary contributions
of effort and expertise has now accelerated Peter’s progress
in reaching higher levels of Government and business. Many of
these leaders are becoming personally involved and are not just
parties with a passive interest.
Leading non-government organisations such as Landcare and Greening
Australia are also lending their weight to helping establish
trial and demonstration sites.
A major step already underway is to put a consortium of private,
government and community organisations toge ther to extend the
demonstration and evaluation of NSF in a range of landscapes
and productive enterprises. This group will focus on improving
the efficiency of water use in the landscape for the benefit
of the Australian environment, rural communities and farms.
There have been some real surprises coming from industry players.
In particular, major food retailers and producers are taking
an increasing interest in the quality and cost effectiveness
of Peter’s techniques to meet the tastes and nutritional
demands of the Australian consumer.
They note the advantages that NSF has in conserving water and
minimising the application of herbicides, pesticides and artificial
fertilisers, all of which are strongly linked to the escalating
price of oil and qualms over the wellbeing of consumers and
the Australian landscape.
Leading coal mining companies are also coming forward seeking
Peter’s advice on how their major rehabilitation sites
and buffer lands can be restored to create a more sustainable
landscape. There may even be greenhouse benefits gained by using
Peter’s techniques, which are driven by the key role of
plants in the overall environment.
At the national level, Peter was invited by a coalition of
members of parliament from across the political spectrum to
present his ideas during the last week of Parliament. The Greens
and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Gary Nairn
MP, hosted this highly successful event in December. Future
visits by Ministers to NSF sites are in train.
In May, Peter has been invited along with a panel of leading
scientists to present a lecture on Natural Sequence Farming
at the National Science Festival in Canberra.
This is a real breakthrough for Peter on a range of fronts
after decades of frustration in trying to communicate the clear
benefits of NSF to the broader community. But there is still
a long way to go.
What really keeps Peter going has been the support of his many
friends over the years and the overwhelming response of people
like you who came forward with interest and support after “Australian
Story”. This continues to be the hinge on which these
new doors are opening.
Opportunities like NSF generally happen once in a lifetime;
If you feel you would like to open more doors to make a difference,
please contact me at any time.
A list of ways people can help is attached below.
Note: Garry left NSF in 2006 after his agreement was
How can I help Peter Andrews leave the Australian landscape
in better shape with Natural Sequence Farming (NSF)?
- Spread the word with friends, relatives and
- Visit NSF trial demonstration sites to learn
- Provide mentoring advice in your area of
- Provide a pathway to areas of personal and
- Put Peter in touch with business and financial
- Provide an avenue to Government policy makers
and funding providers
- Assist in developing submissions to funding
- Contribute to distilling Peter’s work
in a manual through writing or funding
- Help up-skill farmers and the next generation
with the production of a DVD
- Contribute to the design or financing of
courses for NSF trainers
- Offer your property as a national trial and
- Contact friends or relatives with a potential
- Make a direct donation to the work to support
Peter with NSF
- Help provide fur ther scientific and academic
support for Peter’s work
- Provide marketing advice, funds or links
- Provide leads for the media to follow up
- Help design or fund travel to presentations
to major forums
- Provide financial or legal advice to assist
- Write letters to Govt Ministers to generate
further support for NSF
- Put Peter in touch with key like-minded bodies
to work in partnership
Don’t be limited by our imagination –
can you offer a new path?