Living With The Land Part 3 - Building Soil with Regenerative Agriculture

Permaculture People
Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Sitting on top the hills of southwest Devon overlooking the sea, Village Farm is a living example of regenerative agriculture.

A little over a year ago, Rebecca Hosking and business partner Tim Green - who made the BBC2 documentary 'A Farm for The Future' - became tenants of 175 acres of exhausted, ploughed out soils.

Turning a windswept, misused, coastal farm into an abundant landscape working with nature is their goal; their approach - holistic planned grazing.

Rebecca Hosking, farmer and agroecologist, explains: "Holistic planned grazing is all about mimicking the natural migration of a wild herd across the landscape. This is the fastest way to build soil fertility on a large scale."

2015 is the international year of soils. Farming with nature, Village Farm, is one of the many and inspiring examples of an agriculture working to build soils and providing good food for everyone without damage to the natural world and wildlife.

Narrated by Colin Tudge, biologist, writer, and founder, alongside his wife Ruth, of The Campaign for Real Farming.

Featuring Village Farm - Organic farming with nature

Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazine

Logo designed by HIP Permaculture

Camera Mihali Moore

Additional footage courtesy of 'Voices of Transition' directed by Nils Aguilar

Photos Rebecca Hosking

For more on Village Farm, check out Permaculture Magazine editor Maddy Harland's visit in No. 83, 'Farming with Nature'.

To see the full-length 2009 BBC2 documentary 'A Farm For the Future' - www.permaculture.co.uk/videos/farm-future-full-length-film-peak-oil-farming-permaculture

Living with the Land | The Films

'Living with the Land' is a series of nine short online films free to view and distribute. Please share the link far and wide! Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazinethe films showcase the people and projects in the UK designing ecologically sound and regenerative land based practices. The films will be released to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Convergence, in London this September organised by the Permaculture Association www.permaculture.org.uk/join

To see all nine films see www.permaculture.co.uk/living-with-the-land

More About Farming With Nature / Holisitc Planned Grazing

Farming with nature: rewilding pasture

Farming with natures: trees for shelter, animal fodder and wildlife habitats

Holistic management and holistic planned grazing on the farm

The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

Want to find out more? You can read a digital copy of Permaculture magazine free of charge hereAll print and digital subscribers can read 20 years of back issues totally for free.

Aranya |
July 20, 2015 - 5:23pm

Great little video to add to the Living with the Land series. Rebecca explains the system well & I especially liked the way she compared what they were doing to building fertility in a garden. Great work!

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