We have done some courses on NSF and have seen some really good examples of it working. It's all about slowing up the flow of water, across the landscape and in the creeks and rivers. Click on this link to learn more about Peter Andrews and Tarwyn Park . One thing we seem to have had plenty of over the last couple of years of rain, but hanging onto it is the secret of rehydrating the landscape. We've done a lot here through cell grazing, and I think if you don't start with grazing management, it's not worth spending any money on doing anything else. We've got a couple of swales in. These are contour banks that are on the level and designed to slow down water as it moves across the land. These seem to work and there's certainly a lot more moisture below our swales. The water slows down and slowly seeps through the contour bank. Ours aren't quite NSF design, more permaculture design.
We really think that you need a mixture of land management principles in play to really make a difference and shouldn't get bogged down following one "ideal method".
- cell grazing
We had a wild storm the other night and this is what happened to my bananas.....all four trees that had bunches on got knocked over! The rain was a lovely top up for us though.
Rest is the key to good grazing management and it doesn't matter if it's cows, pigs, goats, sheep or chickens. The land needs adequate rest time before grazing again - you need to look after the pastures that you want to keep.