Fresh back from the National Carbon Farming conference, locals Cathy Eggert and Jeremy Bradley are sporting a Carbon Cocky Award.
The Beechwood couple were awarded Outstanding Performance in New Product and Management Process, recognising their world-first method of growing and introducing beneficial fungi to the soil. Their popular product, Soil Trooper, is a native fungus that decomposes dead plant material to build topsoil and cycle nutrients.
"We were honoured to share the results we've achieved on our farm with 400 people from all over the world", Cathy said about the Albury conference.
"By improving grazing management and reintroducing local soil biology, we've increased our soil carbon by 45% in a decade. Much more water and nutrients are available to our plants now and subsoil acidity is not a problem anymore. We've traced the roots of our pasture down to two metres and they're still going", she said.
From their small farm at Beechwood, the couple are applying their unique skills to the world via the not-for-profit organisation SoilCQuest. Doubling the world's soil carbon by 2031 is SoilCQuest's aim, and Jeremy and Cathy are working with beneficial soil fungus to make it possible.
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