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Soil and Human Health

Amanda Rowland

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If we all ate food grown in biologically rich soil, how would this affect our lives, our communities and the natural systems that sustain us? As Amanda discovered, to approach this question a whole-of-landscape and a whole bodymind approach is required.

The human heart nestles within the economic and environmental incentives driving an emerging carbon economy. We humans are being dragged kicking and screaming into a quantum world to grapple with the complexity we must embrace, in order to survive.

Amanda creates a rich, organic brew that is biodiverse, funny and full of unexpected synergies, to create her own vision of earthly wellness.

Tune in and listen on….

Latest Episodes

Once Upon A Time Part 2

Amanda ventures further into once-upon-a-time land, inspired by a long dead relative she encounters near Greenough, WA, and a friend's approach to history that insists on bringing the stories of the colonial past into present day consciousness.

24 minOCT 27
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Once Upon A Time Part 2

Once Upon A Time Part 1

Amanda ventures into the long-ago, inspired by a friend's approach to history that insists on bringing the stories of the colonial past into present day consciousness.

13 minOCT 14
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Once Upon A Time Part 1

The Inland Starts Here Part 2

The Jones brothers, inspired by Col Stanton, are introducing erosion control, land interventions at Boogardie Station, out of Mt Magnet, WA. As Henry gets serious about documenting their work, Amanda finds synergies between the Jones' and the Pollocks' efforts on Wooleen Station. She voices the conviction that coming generations in the Southern Rangelands will be able to run livestock businesses that are successful on economic and ecological grounds - if the Government holds its nerve and opens up the public purse to support landscape repair.

14 minSEP 21
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The Inland Starts Here Part 2

The Inland Starts Here Part 1

Amanda spends a few days hanging out in station country with the Jones. The land at Boogardie Station, out of Mt Magnet, is getting a restorative and rehydrating make-over. At the same time as a wild dog and grazing-animal proof hub is being constructed with neighbouring stations, the brothers are introducing erosion control through the use of earthworks. All they need is for the coming hot months to produce a cyclonic strength rain event to test their landscaping efforts.....

19 minSEP 9
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The Inland Starts Here Part 1

What is the Noongar word for sheep?

Amanda and Ersilia leave Geraldton for Morawa, get lost on the dirt roads somewhere northwest of Perenjori and eventually find themselves at a shearing shed in Bowgada. Over the course of a few days she learns again how good it is to be welcomed into a developmental process that has a big vision, is not ashamed to wear its heart on its sleeve and encourages everyone to arrive as themselves.

26 minAUG 22
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What is the Noongar word for sheep?

Carapace

Amanda looks back to the early 80's and an experiment in self-development that almost kills her. Clearly she lived to fight another day and a years sojourn in country Victoria gives her a first taste of rural living that she is still drawing on for inspiration today.

12 minJUL 18
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Carapace

The News From Dandaragan

We visit 'The Mount' in Dandaragan, a farm that is trialling regenerative farming practises and see what some applied earthworks following Peter Andrews' brilliant hydro-logical thinking can do to sort out a long-running erosion problem. While there, we investigate the Smith family's strategies to keep themselves, their sheep and their pastures in good shape. Thanks to the far-sighted Shire of Dandaragan who have sponsored this podcast as part of a grant they initiated to trial whole-of-landscape farming practises in their Shire.

21 minJUN 30
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The News From Dandaragan

Relaxing with Sheep

Ancient Chinese saying: Relaxation is who you are. Tension is who you want to be. In which Amanda gets to see a de-stressed mob of sheep really enjoying life in the wheatbelt near Perenjori, and a working example of a tool of Holistic Management in the form of a grazing plan. Along the way I come under the spell of the legendary Horse Whisperer, Bud Williams, and learn to curb my cowboy tendencies once and for all as I embrace the ancient concept of shepherding - minus the Yee-Ha.

20 minJUN 11
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Relaxing with Sheep

From Consumer to Citizen

Is the human species being given a bit of a hint about something at this point? Amanda draws a long bow between viral pandemics, dust storms and fake food and decides that the consumer needs to get a grip. She has a few suggestions involving a Refractometer and a Brix reading that could give power back to the people at the storefront.

16 minMAY 28
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From Consumer to Citizen

The Reset The Answer is Carbon

Welcome to The Reset: words to help us restructure our world from the inside out. This episode is called The Answer is Carbon. It was kick-started by a conversation with a very knowledgeable agronomist, then de-railed by a free-thinking, carbon market philosopher and finally pulls itself together with characteristic optimism when the writer emerges blinking from her house, blinking at the sun, looking fabulous in her best pair of pyjamas.

18 minMAY 19
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The Reset The Answer is Carbon

Latest Episodes

Once Upon A Time Part 2

Amanda ventures further into once-upon-a-time land, inspired by a long dead relative she encounters near Greenough, WA, and a friend's approach to history that insists on bringing the stories of the colonial past into present day consciousness.

24 minOCT 27
Comments
Once Upon A Time Part 2

Once Upon A Time Part 1

Amanda ventures into the long-ago, inspired by a friend's approach to history that insists on bringing the stories of the colonial past into present day consciousness.

13 minOCT 14
Comments
Once Upon A Time Part 1

The Inland Starts Here Part 2

The Jones brothers, inspired by Col Stanton, are introducing erosion control, land interventions at Boogardie Station, out of Mt Magnet, WA. As Henry gets serious about documenting their work, Amanda finds synergies between the Jones' and the Pollocks' efforts on Wooleen Station. She voices the conviction that coming generations in the Southern Rangelands will be able to run livestock businesses that are successful on economic and ecological grounds - if the Government holds its nerve and opens up the public purse to support landscape repair.

14 minSEP 21
Comments
The Inland Starts Here Part 2

The Inland Starts Here Part 1

Amanda spends a few days hanging out in station country with the Jones. The land at Boogardie Station, out of Mt Magnet, is getting a restorative and rehydrating make-over. At the same time as a wild dog and grazing-animal proof hub is being constructed with neighbouring stations, the brothers are introducing erosion control through the use of earthworks. All they need is for the coming hot months to produce a cyclonic strength rain event to test their landscaping efforts.....

19 minSEP 9
Comments
The Inland Starts Here Part 1

What is the Noongar word for sheep?

Amanda and Ersilia leave Geraldton for Morawa, get lost on the dirt roads somewhere northwest of Perenjori and eventually find themselves at a shearing shed in Bowgada. Over the course of a few days she learns again how good it is to be welcomed into a developmental process that has a big vision, is not ashamed to wear its heart on its sleeve and encourages everyone to arrive as themselves.

26 minAUG 22
Comments
What is the Noongar word for sheep?

Carapace

Amanda looks back to the early 80's and an experiment in self-development that almost kills her. Clearly she lived to fight another day and a years sojourn in country Victoria gives her a first taste of rural living that she is still drawing on for inspiration today.

12 minJUL 18
Comments
Carapace

The News From Dandaragan

We visit 'The Mount' in Dandaragan, a farm that is trialling regenerative farming practises and see what some applied earthworks following Peter Andrews' brilliant hydro-logical thinking can do to sort out a long-running erosion problem. While there, we investigate the Smith family's strategies to keep themselves, their sheep and their pastures in good shape. Thanks to the far-sighted Shire of Dandaragan who have sponsored this podcast as part of a grant they initiated to trial whole-of-landscape farming practises in their Shire.

21 minJUN 30
Comments
The News From Dandaragan

Relaxing with Sheep

Ancient Chinese saying: Relaxation is who you are. Tension is who you want to be. In which Amanda gets to see a de-stressed mob of sheep really enjoying life in the wheatbelt near Perenjori, and a working example of a tool of Holistic Management in the form of a grazing plan. Along the way I come under the spell of the legendary Horse Whisperer, Bud Williams, and learn to curb my cowboy tendencies once and for all as I embrace the ancient concept of shepherding - minus the Yee-Ha.

20 minJUN 11
Comments
Relaxing with Sheep

From Consumer to Citizen

Is the human species being given a bit of a hint about something at this point? Amanda draws a long bow between viral pandemics, dust storms and fake food and decides that the consumer needs to get a grip. She has a few suggestions involving a Refractometer and a Brix reading that could give power back to the people at the storefront.

16 minMAY 28
Comments
From Consumer to Citizen

The Reset The Answer is Carbon

Welcome to The Reset: words to help us restructure our world from the inside out. This episode is called The Answer is Carbon. It was kick-started by a conversation with a very knowledgeable agronomist, then de-railed by a free-thinking, carbon market philosopher and finally pulls itself together with characteristic optimism when the writer emerges blinking from her house, blinking at the sun, looking fabulous in her best pair of pyjamas.

18 minMAY 19
Comments
The Reset The Answer is Carbon
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