I (Lucas) am writing this from The Living Classroom, in the New England area of NSW.
A bunch of us from KSCA are on a road trip to explore regenerative agriculture and rural enterprise, and there's a lot of good stuff in this part of the world. The road trip came about after Futurelands2 last November - quite a few inspiring people attended from the New England area.
Laura Fisher got talking to Adam Blakester about the idea of a return match - where KSCA is the visitor instead of the host, and the idea ballooned from there.
On Monday night we gathered in Kandos at the CWA hall for a big dinner with local supporters of CEMENTA, farmers and artists. Then yesterday we had a long drive north to Bingara, where we once again had a great feed with the crew from the Living Classroom. This is a place that facilitates learning with a piece of land on the outskirts of the town of Bingara. The project involves an ever evolving site which was once a commons for grazing animals, and is now being collaboratively developed using regenerative farming methods. Today we're going to explore what's going on here in more details.
Later on this week, we'll visit:
- - Tim Wright's farm Lana in Uralla
- - Myall Creek Massacre & Reconciliation Memorial
- - A watercourse restoration project in Armidale
- - Adam Blakester's Starfish Initiatives (Adam was a speaker at Futurelands2)
- - Glenn Morris' farm "Billabong" in Inverell
Part-funding of the trip comes from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.