RegenWA was recently involved in the sold-out Regenerative Agriculture Forum hosted by Perth City Farm. Eager to learn more about regenerative agriculture practices, more than 100 people heard from three experienced speakers with the high attendance highlighting the interest within WA to learn more about this approach to farming that builds food systems that are profitable, socially, ethically and environmentally responsible.
Bonnie Jupp from RegenWA was tasked with answering ‘what is regenerative agriculture?’, sharing the overarching principles that guide regenerative practices, as well as its evolution within Western Australia. By sharing stories and case studies from local WA producers, including the differences in soil health and land productivity before and after implementing regenerative agriculture principles, she was able to explain the benefits of these systems.
Next up, WA producer Blythe Calnan from Runnymede Farm described of her regenerative agriculture journey as well as providing an insightful perspective into ‘the miracle of photosynthesis’. The audience were encouraged to consider just how much of their lives are made possible through this process – spoiler alert: everything is made possible through photosynthesis, from food to clothes to fuel. She also shared the main principles of regenerative agriculture, using her Runnymede Farm as an example for how it can be successfully implemented on farms.
Mark Taylor – founder of Miller and Baker bakery in Perth – was the final presenter and emphasized the important link between producer and consumer by using regeneratively-produced products in WA. Miller and Baker use only regeneratively produced grains to produce their breads and pastries and also mill their own flour on site!
The evening concluded with guests treated to mulled wine, oat chai, freshly baked damper and a seasonal curry – all regeneratively produced! Thanks to Perth City Farm and all attendees for a fantastic evening!