These proceedings present the outcomes of the ‘Natural Sequence Farming: Defining the Science and the Practice’ workshop held in late 2006 at the Carrington Hotel in Bungendore, NSW, Australia. The workshop brought together over 110 leading scientists, government officials, farmers, business people and NSF practitioners to discuss the principles of NSF and to brainstorm a way forward for the concept.
The originator of NSF, Peter Andrews, instigated the workshop because he believed that there were serious gaps in the information being presented about the concept, and what had previously been reported was patchy and disjointed.
Over two days, the principles of NSF were explained, and several practical examples were presented. NSF was also related to several system-based concepts including watershed and water cycle management, carbon cycle management, and the role that biodiversity plays when coupled with hydrology in dissipating energy and regulating climate (even at a continental scale).
Late on the first day delegates organized themselves into 13 small groups and discussed various issues surrounding NSF. The outcomes of these discussions, including an NSF implementation Action Plan, are presented as part of the proceedings.
On day two delegates toured an NSF demonstration project at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms.
Whilst a long time coming, these proceedings will help to inform the continuing discussion around the very exciting concept of Natural Sequence Farming.
Who is it for?
What are these proceedings about?
What can you learn?
"Natural Sequence Farming is a term used to describe the highly efficient functions that once existed in the Australian landscape. These natural patterns and processes, that I have observed, can be adapted and modified to allow environmental and agricultural systems to be aggraded and sustained, at low cost, because most of the elements required for sustainability are FREE i.e., energy from Sunlight and Gravity, plus water, carbon dioxide, which allow for ever increasing productivity, if properly understood."
Peter Andrews' at the opening of the Bungendore Workshop.
“It is absolutely essential to change the way we think. All other attempts at change will fail if we do not transform our thinking…A proper understanding of the way the world works requires people to think systemically, holistically, integratively and in a futures mode.”
Lester Milbrath (1996) “Envisioning a Sustainable Society’
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CITATION Hazell, Peter and Norris, Duane (2007) Proceedings of the 1st Natural Sequence Farming Workshop. ‘Natural Sequence Farming: Defining the Science and the Practice’, held in Bungendore, NSW, Australia on the 31st October and the 1st November, 2006.
Proceedings of the 1st Natural Sequence Farming Workshop. ‘Natural Sequence Farming: Defining the Science and the Practice’, held in Bungendore, NSW, Australia
Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Wollongong, NSW, AUSTRALIA. 2007.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS All papers that appear in the NSF Workshop Proceedings have both the implicit and explicit permission of the authors to appear. The inaugural NSF Workshop is grateful to the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) and to Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority for hosting and providing funding for this workshop. We are also grateful to our other partnership sponsors including Landcare Australia, Toshiba, ABC Books, and Ricoh. We would also like to thank the co-hosts of the Workshop, the NSF International Reference Panel. In addition, we express our sincere thanks to those organizations and individuals that participated and supported this milestone event and to the participants for devoting their time and efforts to make change towards sustainability.
Workshop Organising Committee
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