FIFTH-GENERATION Glen Alvie farmer Sam Walker recently featured on The New Joneses Road Trip digi-series, where he discussed the importance of regenerative farming.
In the digi-series, Slatts Everyday (from thrash-band, King Parrot) hit the road in a 100 per cent electric vehicle with Nat’s What I Reckon, to meet Australians doing better for people and the planet.
In episode four, the group chats to Sam about what regenerative farming looks like on his property and the many benefits it has for not only the environment but his operations.
“We’ve got about 400 acres up here, and we’re strong on Landcare and taking the initiative with the funding that’s available to plant trees,” Sam said.
“We are working hard to make the land a lot better for when we leave.”
Since purchasing the farm about six years ago, more than 22,000 native trees and shrubs have been added to help contain carbon and encourage the return of fauna.
“There’s a lot of talk about methane gases from cattle,” he said.
“If you’ve got a lot of trees on your farm and healthy pastures, you’re carbon natural.
“We’re even carbon negative, which means we’re sucking more carbon out of the atmosphere than we’re using.”
Sam stocks about 400 head of unique cattle called Chianina and Chiangus, which is Chianina crossed with Black Angus.
According to Sam, Chianina yields wonderfully tasty and tender meat and is highly valued in Italy, especially Tuscany.
He encourages consumers to always check where their produce comes from, what feed is used (grass or grain-fed) and to support local farmers and producers.
To view the episode, visit bit.ly/3COXLa6.