“A radical environmental approach to holding water in leaky weirs on a farm — one of only five in the world — has been recognised by the United Nations as sustainable.
Mulloon Creek, near Braidwood in New South Wales, uses the Peter Andrews method of Natural Sequence Farming — growing weeds and slowing the movement of water in the landscape.
The farm has proved itself in the past seven years, increasing pasture growth through the drought and feeding more cattle.
The farm was run down before the owner, Tony Coote, adopted Mr Andrews’s methods to rehydrate the land.
As it sits at the headwater of the Shoalhaven River, it feeds into the Sydney Water Catchment.
“We are making more sustainable agriculture, improving the environment, [producing] cleaner water,” Mulloon Institute chairman Gary Nairn said.
Having left federal politics, Mr Nairn has taken over running the institute that hosts workshops and field days on the farm…”