Bringing Carbon & Biodiversity Back Into the Landscape Working Group

Rebecca Gorman

Rebecca Gorman runs a beef cattle operation at Mundarlo between Gundagai and Wagga Wagga. She is trained in Holistic Management and uses these principles in her goal to build soil, improve biodiversity and sequester carbon whilst running a profitable business. She is a former journalist of more than 20 years working in regional Australia, as a Foreign Correspondent in South America and the UK and on a range of programs across ABC Radio News and Current Affairs and Radio National.

Rhonda Daly

A fourth generation farmer, Rhonda has witnessed the degradation of soil eco-systems and the negative impact on environmental and human health.  Rhonda and husband Bill established YLAD Living Soils in 2001 to supply farmers with a biological fertility system to improve the mineral and microbial balance in soils.  Fifteen years ago phases such as ‘global warming’ and ‘carbon credits’ were not heard of, YLAD Living Soils  have moved with the times and now embrace a broader view of the environment and global issues. Rhonda understands the complexity of biological agriculture and compost production and believes that providing knowledge and educational opportunities to farmers is vitally important.  YLAD Living Soils provide two major educational seminars/Workshops per year, farm tours and field days.

Louisa Kiely

Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, Louisa is known for activity to get farmers paid fairly for the reduction of emissions and carbon sequestration on farm. She has organised and run eight carbon farming conferences, and submitted the first Soil Carbon Methodology to the then Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee. She has up-to-date knowledge of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) policy and has four government ERF contracts with landholders. Louisa is keen to progress the common goals of Australian Farmers for Climate Action and Carbon Farmers of Australia. 

Glenn Morris

Glenn Morris is the general manager of FigTrees Organic Farms based at Inverell and Grafton.  Glenn completed a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Sydney where his thesis quantified the water holding capacity of humus. Around the same time through discussions with expert Australian soil scientists, Glenn became critically aware of the importance of increasing carbon levels in the soil, through carbon sequestration.  His particular interest was on the potential role of soil carbon to deliver a practical solution to the problem of increasing carbon levels in the atmosphere.   He has spent the past 16 years researching and practising advanced land stewardship model. In 2013 Glenn won the prestigious State Landcare Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices.  The innovative ideas and strategies on the farms were viewed as critical for regenerating Australia's land and water resources. On June the 23rd last year, Glenn rode his stockhorse ‘Hombre’ across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in heavy traffic to focus the nation’s attention on the need for serious action on dealing with climate change and restoring the nation’s natural resource base. Motivated by his three sons Ben, James and Andrew, Glenn believes that as land stewards, farmer’s need to champion the way landscapes are totally connected to the carbon cycle, and therefore how farmers are in the frontline for providing a true solution for dealing with the immense task of restoring a stable climate.

Kirrily Blomfield

Kirrily is a farm business owner/manager and director interested in regenerative land management. Kirrily practices and promotes regenerative agriculture in the farm business she owns and manages on the Liverpool Plains with her husband Derek. They produce and market their own chemical free, 100% grassfed beef under the brand ‘The Conscious Farmer’. They manage their land using Holistic Management principles and were awarded NSW Farmer of the Year in 2014 for their sustainable and innovative approach to their business. Kirrily is also a director with Holistic Management International (HMI) - a not for profit organisation that has educated over 50,000 people in 130 countries in whole farm planning for sustainable environmental, economic and social benefits. She is president of SOS Liverpool Plains, a women’s group concerned with protecting the water, communities, farmland, soils and health of the people of the Liverpool Plains region from inappropriate mining of coal and coal seam gas. As part of a wider 10 year campaign, this has resulted in the Government buy back of a BHP coal exploration license and the stalling of both coal and coal seam gas projects in the region. Kirrily’s passion for food production, the land and environment have led her to her role as director with Farmers for Climate Action where she is helping to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and encourage solutions to the same.