Two hundred years of poor farming practices have led to the significant degradation of land across Australia.
Mulloon Creek was the legacy of a long collaboration between prominent agriculturalist Peter Andrews, and Tony Coote, the owner of the property who died in August. For decades they have implemented Andrews’ “natural sequence farming” system at Mulloon Creek.
Natural Sequence Farming methods developed by Peter Andrews and carried on by Tony Coote and then The Mulloon Institute help rejuvenate the land used in farming.
Central to the system is slowing flow in the creek with “leaky weirs”. These force water back into the bed and banks of the creek, which rehydrates the floodplain. This rehydrated floodplain is then said to be more productive and sustainable.
Natural sequence farming arose in the attempt to restore upland valleys and creeks in southern NSW that were once environmentally valuable chains of ponds or swampy meadows. But these waterways have become deeply incised, degraded, and disconnected from their floodplains. Not only does this incision produce a great deal of sediment pollution, but it produces many agricultural problems.
The end result is more sustainable farms that become ecosystems that support flora and fauna once lost from the creeks of these farming districts.
While natural sequence farming does not restore lands back to the original pre-settlement state of bushland and plains, it is a more environmentally friendly form of agriculture.