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About Healthy Soils Australia

 We - Healthy Soils Australia - are a network of great number of leading innovative farmers, scientists and advocates. We want to increase the amount of land in Australia, and globally, being transitioned to regenerative farming. We are catalysts who work with others to provide soil related solutions to address their priorities and outcomes. Predominantly we have done, and continue to do this by:
  • establishing what innovative farmers and graziers are doing, in their individual ways, to create healthy soils.
  • becoming an integrator voice for all individuals and organisations with healthy soils on their agenda.
  • raising awareness about healthy soils - providing free access to a wide range of reliable and relevant research, practical information, and discussion on soil remediation solutions at conferences and at regional workshops
  • promoting the recognition of the capital value of sequestered soil carbon and a fair price for land managers.
  • presenting soil related issues to government, business and the community, such as scientific and relevant information to National Advocate for Soil Health former Governor General Michael Jeffery.
  • writing explanatory briefs on how we rehydrate and cool our planet through sustainable agriculture.
Some of our highlights from the last few years include: - working with leading farmers to create business innovation plans. - guiding, supporting, facilitating and enabling our partner Soils for Life to compile Case Studies. - collaborating with Future Directions International to outline a vision to Regenerate Australia - running a session at Global Soils Week in Berlin - being a Founding Partner to the 4p1000 Initiative, a global initiative to increase soil carbon by 0.4% so as to combat food and water insecurity, and climate change - being part of the Farmer's Delegation at the COP21 Paris Climate Talks at the invitation of Regeneration International, see http://regenerationinternational.org/a-message-of-hope-regeneration-international-at-cop21
Mike Parish

Mike Parish

Director
Mike is one of the pioneering leaders of regenerative agriculture in Australia. He has expertise in growing productive, profitable agricultural businesses within regenerative landscapes.

Mike was born and raised on the land. He has had over 20 years experience managing agricultural properties, including broad acre farming, beef and sheep production, viticulture, irrigation and organic farming. Mike’s land management changed dramatically after completing the RCS Grazing For Profit course in 1993, and then Savory/Holistic Management training in 1995. For the following 13 years, Mike managed agricultural enterprises using holistic management principles, developing several properties into certified organic operations. 

Now, and for the last 12 years, Mike has been an educator, consultant and facilitator for Resource Consulting Services (RCS). RCS is Australia’s leading private provider of holistically-integrated education, training and advisory services to the agricultural sector, both nationally and internationally. Mike has a passion for biological / regenerative agriculture and the vital role it plays in human health. Over the past two decades, he has travelled to many countries in the world studying regenerative agriculture and spoken internationally. Mike, along with his wife Kathy, is also the owner of a health food store in Dubbo.

For the last 7 years, as a Director of Healthy Soils Australia, Mike has been instrumental in guiding the development of how to commercialize innovative land regeneration strategies.
Walter Jehne

Walter Jehne

Director
Walter Jehne is an internationally recognised climate scientist, soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in forests, grasslands, agriculture and soils at national (CSIRO) and international (UN) level. For the other half of his decades, Walter has worked more broadly beyond science, at Federal Government level, leading transformation in industry. This diversity of experience has given Walter a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions - he makes challenges opportunities. Walter has a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways. This year he was part of an invitation only UN FAO conference in Paris looking at bringing soil into the next IPCC report. Walter’s primary scientific focus is soil biology
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Cindy Eiritz

Strategic Development Manager
Cindy is an ex-military personnel and logistics specialist, now committed to accelerating the transition to regenerative agriculture, nationally and globally. To this significant task, she brings two decades of experience leading operations in Army companies of >100 personnel, and their higher-level headquarters. Achievements from the early years include overseeing training and resource management, firstly in a Field Hospital and later in a Logistics Unit, both > 300 people. Foci of her middle years include leading the development of a new personnel readiness system and helping develop the army capability management system. In the later years, her service culminated with command of two companies of >100 people, firstly a Field Ambulance; then later a Logistics Company deployed on United Nations operations in East Timor.

On retiring from Defence in 2008, Cindy undertook extensive action based research searching for where she could make the greatest contribution to the climate situation. She worked in a diversity of community campaigns before discovering soils as a solution to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Consequently, in 2013, she joined Healthy Soils Australia and began working to build the company an international profile and presence. In 2015, she was part of a delegation at the COP21 Climate talks who helped bring soils onto the IPCC agenda. Since then Cindy has brought two international commercial partnerships to Healthy Soils Australia, further transforming the company. She continues to guide the company’s organizational renewal.
Tom Nicholas

Tom Nicholas

Director
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