Darren Hardy.

Darren Hardy is a passionate student of Peter Andrews’ Natural Sequence Farming philosophy and hopes to enjoy a career in land management using the NSF techniques. Mr Hardy, 23, is one of a number of young Australians  who are forging a future in land management in Australia.

Mr Hardy attended a week-long NSF course at Peter Andrew’s Tarwyn Park property at Bylong in New South Wales late last year. The new course is being conducted by Mr Andrews’ son, Stuart Andrews, and course co-ordinator Duane Norris.

“Darren completed four of the 10 days of training,” Mr Norris said. “His attendance, along with a number of other young people, gave us real hope for the future.”

The series of two-day intensive workshops discussed how Tarwyn Park works as a functioning farming system; working with sloping landscapes and incorporating contouring; water management and ecosystem services through NSF management; and biodiversity and weed management through NSF management.

Mr Hardy expects to continue his NSF studies this year. “The trainers were such switched on and passionate people,” Darren said. “Two years ago I read Peter Andrews’ second book ‘Beyond the Brink’ and it completely rewrote everything I had learned about the Australian landscape and made me realise how much I didn’t know. So I had to read his first book ‘Back from the Brink’.

“I didn’t realise that such a place as Tarwyn Park existed. The four days spent there were the most amazing and affirming learning experience – we learn to read the land,” Darren said.

4/04/2013
Acres Australia Archives – Issue #100