Whenever I’ve heard Paul Newell’s name mentioned, there has been nothing but respect from those present.
A lifetime in agricultural research and as a wheat and sheep farmer in various locations has lead Paul to be well qualified to develop ‘Landsmanship’, a practice, discipline and philosophy based on an ‘applied ecological’ approach to agriculture.
Paul’s land management approach has been described as NSF (Natural Sequence Farming, a term which he coined) without bulldozers, with biological elements skilfully utilised in time and space to reinstate landscape function to essential soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity processes, within a productive agricultural environment.
Below is a link to a paper on the Natural Sequence Farming website, written by Paul, along with esteemed ecologist, Professor David Goldney.
“Natural ecology should become the highest discipline in a farmer‘s mind. Much like the disciplines of medicine facilitate healing of the body of people we love, similarly, understanding ecology can help facilitate the health and well being of the body of land and water systems we love as our living habitat landscapes, since each farmer, so we are told, wants to leave his or her land in better condition than when he/she inherited or purchased it.”
A presentation of the practice, discipline and philosophy of Landsmanship, by Paul Newell and Professor David Goldney