The Australian Holistic Management Co-operative Limited began at the 2016 Dubbo Holistic Management Conference held by Hooves 4 Humus and the Australian Holistic Management Educators Group. In 2017 Farming Together awarded us a grant to establish the Australian Holistic Management Cooperative. The establishment meeting took place in July 2018 and the co-operative was registered by ASIC as NSWC32856 in September 2018.
We work closely with the Savory Institute, whose mission is the large-scale regeneration of the world's degraded grasslands through Holistic Management. We offer Ecological Outcome Verification, an assessment scheme to measure the health of soil, biodiversity and ecosystems, and promote member produce and services.
Here is some more on Holistic Management and the setting up of the Co-op.
The Australian Holistic Management Cooperative gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support it received in 2017-18 from The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (Farming Together Program).
The board is comprised of:
Ian Chapman leads the Hooves to Humus (Savory Institute) Hub in New South Wales and is an experienced farmer, primary producer and VET educator. He and his wife Sharon run Glenroy, a 400 hectare property at Store Creek, 40 minutes drive north of Orange. They produce pastured products such as beef and pork in a regenerative way, and all stock are handled using stress-free techniques.
Michael Gooden Michael and Heloise Gooden own and operate Old Man Creek, an Angus cattle stud located at Sandigo, in the Riverina, NSW. Their aim is to breed animals that have been raised on grass in a cell grazing operation all their lives and they run a regenerative grazing business based on Holistic Management principles.
Rebecca Gorman has a background in journalism, and now raises beef on Yabtree West near Gundagai in southern NSW, using the principles of Holistic Management to focus on regenerating soil and improving the land's general biodiversity. She uses the tools of planned rotational grazing, extensive tree planting and Natural Sequence farming.
Brian Wehlburg delivers Holistic Management training and consultation throughout Australia, and is a board member of Holistic Management International. He has experience as a farmer and grazier both in Africa and Australia and is passionate about the importance of regenerative farming in our way forward.