New CEO for AHMC
Helen Lewis hs been appointed CEO from 1 July 2023. She is an Accredited Holistic Management Educator and co-owner
of Picots Farm, which holistically produces grass-fed and finished beef.
Helen's experience over 25 years includes community development, policy
advising, agripolitics, agribusiness in Central Australia, holistic
supply-chain management, company directorships, and 20 years as General Manager
for the $1.2 billion Outback Way project. See
the media release here
EOV Monitor Training
We're currently recruiting people across Australia to train as EOV Monitors,
with a new ONLINE course starting 29 June 2023. See See here for information on the pathway to EOV Monitor
Accreditation, application form, and FAQs
FARMING MATTERS CONFERENCE 2024
The next Farming Matters
conference will take place on 25-27 March 2024
! It will bring multiple
sectors together for the first time, to explore the links between regenerative
agriculture, consumer products, market commitments and government policy.
- FARMERS are investing in regenerative agriculture for greater yields, climate resilience and ecosystem recovery
- CONSUMERS are demanding ecologically responsible products that nourish personal, social and global health
- BUSINESSES are committing themselves to Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) progress for market credibility
- GOVERNMENTS are developing sustainable food and fibre policies for rural and urban agriculture systems
Farming Matters 2024 is joining the dots between these different sectors, to
start the process of understanding and managing environmental challenges in a
17-18 March 2022: Fenner Conference 2022: Making Australian Agriculture Sustainable
Australia’s food production is in a predicament. Soils are
deteriorating with declining nutrients and erosion by wind and water.
Reserves of fertiliser are poor and supplies are diminishing. Nutrients
are declining in the produce consumed here and exported.
An exceptional group of speakers, including Tony Hill,
Australian Holistic Management Cooperative, ask: Can we feed ourselves and not destroy the Earth?
17-18 March 2022 at
Shine Dome, Acton ACT 2600 or online via Zoom livestream.
Program and Registration
14 January 2022: Farming Matters Podcasts Now Available
Podcasts from the 2021 Farming Matters Conference have now been published.
Access them through anchor.fm/farming-matters
listen directly via Apple
06 August 2021: Australian Farmer Interview with Tas Ag Co
Australian Farmer interview
with L2MA Market Partner Tas Ag Co
"We’ve got carbon tests, plant tissue tests, soil tests, feed tests, we've got
blood tests of animals and our commercial performance data obviously. We have
environmental data baselined with the Savory Institute's land to market
program, so we have an environmental baseline of how many types of species we
have - tree species, ground cover, water infiltration."Read more here ...
12 June 2021: Farewell to Guillermo Vila Melo
"The AHMC board was shocked and saddened to read this week of the passing of
Guillermo Vila Melo
. Guillermo was an accessible, skilled, committed and
knowledgable person, who gave us strong support in developing our
implementation of Ecological Outcome Verification in Australia," said Tony Hill,
Executive Chair of the Australian Holistic Management Co-operative.
29-30 March 2021: Farming Matters Conference: For our Love of the
The conference went very well, and was followed by a program of field
trips to regions surrounding Albury on 31 March. See videos and images from the conference and field trips
4 August 2020:
First-Ever Ecological Outcome Verification Certificate Awarded in Australia
Australian Holistic Management Cooperative is proud to announce the award of the first-ever EOV
certificate in Australia to Mulloon Creek Natural Farms.
“Our 2019 monitoring
report for Mulloon Creek Natural Farms has just been released, and I am pleased
to announce, through this first-ever EOV report, that the health of their
farmland is trending positive”, said Australian Holistic Management Cooperative Executive Chair
Tony Hill. Read more...
15 July 2020: Save the Dates for the 2021 Conference
The rescheduled Farming Matters
will be held on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021,
followed on 31 March by the Field Trips. Covid-19
constraints makes our planning still uncertain, but we will re-open
registrations as soon as circumstances allow.
21 Jan 2020: Allan Savory to Headline the Farming Matters 2020 Conference
Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management and the Savory Global Network,
will be the keynote guest at the Farming Matters – For Our Love of the
Land conference, to be held at Albury in March 2020.
Extreme drought and
weather conditions are asking tough questions about how best to build resilient
landscapes, and this conference will host a range of practitioners and thinkers
experienced in innovative, proven methods of building natural capital, soil
health and biodiversity within prosperous rural businesses.
Conference details here
23 Oct 2019: Australian Holistic Management Cooperative Awarded for Innovation in Agriculture
16 Sep 2019: Internationally Recognised Ecological Farming Logo Launches in Australia
NEWS RELEASE: Australian farmers improving the health of their land now have access to an
internationally recognized logo to advertise their sustainability credentials.
The 'Land to Market' logo from the award-winning Savory Institute, based in the
United States, will be rolled out among Australian program participants from
19 May 2019: Back to Nature: Making money while restoring the land
ABC Landline broadcast on regenerative agriculture
, with members and
supporters of Land to Market Australia.
14 Jan 2019: EOV Monitoring Process Proves Quick and Supportive
In less than 4 months the new environmental accreditation, Ecological Outcome
Verification, has set up its first 20 baseline sites, proving the process is
fast and collaborative. Using rigorous scientific methodology, the monitoring
measures soil health and biology, ecosystem processes, plant species and
17 Dec 2018
: Nineteen baseline sites have been established on Australian
farms, representing more than 30,000 hectares of land under regenerative
06 Dec 2018: Kering and Savory Institute - First Verified
Regenerative Sourcing in Fashion
Kering and The Savory Institute announced a new collaboration today to
recognize the positive impact regenerative agriculture can have in the fashion
industry. Kering has become a Frontier Founder under Savory’s Land to
Market™ program to advocate verified regenerative sourcing solutions in
fashion's global supply chains. Read more...
24 Oct 2018: First Bales of Verified Regenerative Wool Hit Market
As part of the Savory Institute’s Land to Market™ program, the Savory Hub in
South Africa has delivered its first bales of regenerative wool to the
international wool market in Port Elizabeth. These bales carry Savory’s
Ecological Outcome Verification™ (EOV™) seal, which is the first to indicate
that the land from which the wool is sourced has been verified to be
regenerating. Read more...
23-28 Oct 2018
: First South Australian EOV baseline sites are being
established in South Australia.
21 Oct 2018
: Mulloon Creek Farms fantastic organic and biodynamic
produce will soon be EOV too, thanks to the great work of Land to Market
Australia and Holistic Management Co-op establishing the first Australian EOV
baseline sites at Mulloon Creek, Jillamatong and Millpost.
20-21 Oct 2018
: EOV Australian Verifiers two-day workshop was held with eight
potential verifiers at Braidwood.
16 Jul 2018
: the formation meeting
Australian Holistic Management Co-operative Limited took place.
14 Jun 2018: Article in 'The Land' on Land-to-Market members Anna and Michael Coughlan
Animals and environment thrive in holistic farm cycle at
. 'The Coughlans are participating in a nation-wide program
Land to Market Australia, which will for the first time use scientific rigour
to show improvements to biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function.'
11 May 2018: Podcast by Tony Hill on 'Get the Dirt'
Land to Market's Tony Hill recorded a podcast with
Cynthia Lim of 'Get the Dirt'
. It lasts for 28 minutes and the Get the Dirt website
also provides details and links to Land to Market Australia.
21 March 2018: Land to Market Australia Lays Ground for Regenerative Sourcing
Savory Institute news on our own Land to Market Australia's farmer-driven, countrywide
to satisfy growing consumer demand for food and fiber products that
support land health.
21 March 2018: ABC NSW Country Hour Interview with Tony Hill
The ABC NSW Country Hour program has an interview with Tony Hill about the Land to Market program
(starts one minute in). Listen on the ABC site or download the podcast.
13 March 2018: Recognition for Commitment to Verified Regenerative Sourcing
EPIC Provisions, a founding brand partner of the Land to Market program, was recognised last week for its commitment to verified
with the Frontier Founder Award from the Savory Institute.
12 March 2018: News Release – Regenerative Farmers Say 'Yes' to Mindful Consumers
A group of Australian farmers is taking up the challenge to show consumers just
how well they're managing the environment. Knowing that consumers now demand
proof that farmers are putting land regeneration at the heart of their
operations, the group has created a program of farmer support and environmental
monitoring to do just that.
February-April 2018: Course on Holistic Grazing and Ecological Monitoring
Learn to grow more grass, prepare for dry seasons and manage grazing during drought.
- Grazing planning
- Ecosystem processes
- Biological monitoring
- Ecological Outcomes Verification
Courses will be held in two-day sessions available over three months at
Braidwood, Mudgee, and Orange, February to April 2018.
27-30 November 2017: Ecological Outcomes Verification Training
Our EOV training was a major achievement in many ways. We trained nearly 40
people in EOV in four days. We had Byron Shelton from the Savory Institute
coming from the USA to conduct the training. Now we have seven HM Educators
trained as Hub Verifiers, and as a world first, we have nearly 20 producers
trained as Field Monitors. All this means we have the building blocks for an
early implementation of the brand 'Land to Market Australia' incorporating
‘Ecological Outcome Verified’.
30-31 October 2017: Second Tombarra Workshop
The Reference Group held a second face to face workshop on 31 October 2017 at
the Tombarra events centre, near Braidwood NSW. Key topics discussed at the
Marketing Plan and Brand
Promotion Campaign 1 in December 2017
EOV training - 27 to 30 November
Building in mental health aspects
Training Innovations Pilot
19-20 September 2017: First Tombarra Workshop
The Reference Group held a face to face workshop on 20 September 2017 at the Tombarra events centre near Braidwood
NSW. The focus of the day was on making sure that Reference Group members have
every opportunity to guide the direction of the Holistic Management Cooperative
Project and remain informed about new developments.
The full-day workshop on Wednesday 20th covered a number of topics: Savory
Institute's ecological outcomes verification (EOV), the profiles
and requirements of the Reference Group, the Holistic context, draft marketing
plans, the online facilities, the EOV training plan, training innovations, and
accreditation and remuneration models.
From left: Lesley White (speaking), Michael Fitzgerald, Emily Yarra
(standing), Harry Watson, Hayden Druce (standing), Brian Marshall, Victoria
Royds, Jane Keany, Margie Fitzpatrick, Martin Royds, Kirsty Altenburg (out of
shot), Tony Hill (behind the camera).
The workshop was preceded by a producers and quality food providers'
dinner on the evening of 19th, with a catering theme of local food and wine.
Several guests with experience at supplying wholesome food through regenerative
agriculture spoke briefly on their experiences and outlook.