Weʼre raising £4,000 to start a land restoration project using the Holistic Management method of grazing livestock.
- Dalavich, Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute, UK
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We are two friends, Chrissie and Jane, and we care deeply about the environment, and about local, sustainable food and a resilient local community. We've been lucky enough to have been offered the lease of a community-owned field near our village, and are about to start a demonstration project to show how, even on the wet, acidic soils of this part of Britain, Holistic management can restore soil life and biodiversity, nurture wildlife, sequester carbon in the soil, and contribute to a resilient local food network. We have the energy and enthusiasm and plenty of knowledge, now we just need some funding to get us started!
This type of land restoration works on the natural principle of grazing with many animals for a very short time, allowing the grass to recover fully between grazings - as on natural prairies where herds pass over a few times a year and the grass grows lush and tall. Here's another short video that explains the principle in 60 Seconds - and check out the charming videos on the Sailean Croft site, practising the same method on Lismore Island, off the west coast of Scotland. We want to demonstrate that agriculture on a small scale can be restorative to the land instead of destructive, and have the vision of a diverse, flowering meadow swarming with insects and butterflies, with cows munching contentedly and abundant bird life all around.
We have energy, enthusiasm and knowledge (and WWOOFers!) and now we need capital. Your generous donations will enable us to get fencing in place for our Shetland cattle and Soay sheep, create a flexible water supply and build a barn for overwintering and storage. Follow our progress on my blog!
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- 9 months ago
Jane Wilding9 months ago
Heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us so far - it's beginning to feel like a great adventure! We've put up a (temporary, moveable) hay store for the sheep this winter, we've also spent a day with our wonderful mentor, Roger Dixon-Spain, walking all over the field and remembering what a total fairyland paradise it is, with its bits of open woodland, sunning views, streams and waterfalls, glacial mossy rocks... and our first tiny batch of trial meat chickens are due to hatch in three days!
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Mar 20, 2019
Great to hear how its all going, I know its hard work but so worthwhile - go girls! x
Jan 27, 2019
Best of luck with this great project
Jan 18, 2019
Great project to help saving our planet!
Jan 18, 2019
Hi Jane – Happy Birthday! – and ChrissieSo excited about your project and hope the OT article will help you reach your £4k goal. Warmest and best and see you soonMargret x
Nov 3, 2018
Oct 13, 2018
Good luck, happy to help.
Sep 9, 2018
Good luck :)
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Dalavich, Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute, UK
Wannabe farmer with masses of experience with livestock, land, gardening and permaculture. Myself and a friend are pursuing the dream of having a field of our own in order to demonstrate that agriculture can be restorative to the land, rather than destructive.