• Broadacre Permaculture

last modified October 11, 2012 by strypey

A handful of forward-looking permaculture designers like Darren Doherty have been doing a lot of work to apply permaculture ideas and design techniques to large-scale farming (often referred to in governmental literature as "primary production" in an attempt to normalize its industrialization and corporatization). In recent years, many of these ideas have also been advocated under the name of "Regenerative Agriculture". Like TransitionTowns, Regenerative Agriculture is an outgrowth of the permaculture movement, but whereas TransitionTowns have applied permaculture techniques in urban settings, Regenerative Agriculture applies them to the rural sector.

There are a number of organisations which have been working for many years to bring more sustainable thinking and "organic" methods to farming in Aotearoa. These include the Soil and Health Association of NZ (publishers of Organic NZ magazine), and Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association in NZ. More recently, the activities like Regenerative Agriculture have led to a number of newer organisations have sprung up in Aotearoa to support the development of these practices:

Regenerative Agriculture Aotearoa/ NZ

Association of Biological Farmers

Aotearoa has two universities which have a strong focus on fields relevant to farming, Lincoln in Waitaha/ Canterbury, and Massey in Manawatu, and a number of scholarships are available for students who want to pursue study in farming practice and/or research. Building relationships between permaculture networks and the bodies which administrate these scholarships could create many opportunities to help train a new generation of ecologically literate farmers and agriculture researchers. Some of the scholarships available include:

 Massey

 Lincoln

 Ann Sinclair Charitable Trust  - for students living in Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Taranaki and Wanganui areas  

 

There are also a number of scholarships offered by organizations unlikely to support an ecological approach to farming, as the resulting reduction of dependence on external inputs directly reduces the market for their members' products.:

Massey

Lincoln

AGCARM - a consortium of "crop protection" businesses heavily invested in poisons and biotech