Building Resilient Agricultural Systems on Kangaroo Island Project

Project summary

This four year project (2019–23) aims to use a holistic, systems approach to improving soil health as the basis for building resilient grazing and cropping systems on the Island. It will demonstrate practices and systems that increase ground cover, improve soil carbon and organic matter, which in turn will improve water infiltration and plant nutrient availability. It will explore and promote new tools and technologies to improve on-farm decision making and practices, building resilience for a changing climate and helping farming systems to adapt to market demands for more sustainably and ethically grown food.

Upcoming events for 2019


1. Natural Sequence Farming

with Peter Andrews, 28 August 2019

Peter Andrews will visit the Island in late August to chat with producers about the Natural Sequence Farming and its production benefits and to conduct field visits to assess local conditions and challenges. If there is enough local interest, then Peter/Tarwyn Park Training will return later in the year to run their four day hands-on workshop supporting you to redesign your farm through Natural Sequence Farming techniques and principles to maximise productivity, enhance landscape function and minimise farm costs. A key aspect of this approach is holding and storing more water and nutrients in the landscape for longer, increase on-farm plant diversity and building farm and landscape resilience. 

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2. Grazing Naturally upright

with Dick Richardson, 16–17 October 2019

Grazing naturally means changing management events in a case by case constructive way to suit the current situation and desired outcomes. It is a form of landscape management that seeks to develop landscape function and deliver increased production, an improved natural resource base, healthy nutrient cycling, greater biodiversity and enhanced resilience. Grazing

naturally meets the challenges of salinity, erosion, more erratic and unreliable rainfall, extreme weather events, and higher farming input costs. A three month trial on the Maia online grazing management tool is included with the course. For more info

Above right: Dick Richardson during a field trip ion 2018.

3. Building Soil Health 

with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, 18–20 March 2020

Integrity Soils specialise in biological farming systems and their management in New Zealand, Australia and North America. For over 15 years they have been helping, teaching and inspiring farmers, ranchers and the organisations that support and supply them. Their workshops are practical, educational, interactive, and guaranteed to deepen your understanding of regenerative farming practices and how to build and maintain soil health. 

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Below right: Soil profile. Image Integrity Soils


All of the courses will be followed up with advanced training 

(where available) and ongoing individual and group mentoring to support the adoption of these practices/systems. Monitoring programs will be set up to demonstrate the progress made and outcomes achieved.

For more information and to register for the training

Please contact Damon Cusack on 8553 4441 or

Or visit

This project was supported by the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.



Lead agency


More information

  • RALF Officer
    NRC centre, 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote
    08 8553 4444