'From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture'


Inspired by Charles Massy’s best-selling book “Call of the Reed Warbler”, filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land.

Regenerative agriculture is one of the most promising wide-scale environmental solutions. This short documentary is a comprehensive journey through a variety of landscapes and regenerative farming techniques.

‘From the Ground Up’ is a story of genuine change and inspiration – tracing the steps of individuals who transformed their practices following the life-changing realisation – that farmers have a unique opportunity to heal the planet.

Additional resources on regenerative agriculture:
TED Talks
– Allan Savory on “How to fight desertification and reverse climate change”:
– Charles Massy on “How regenerative farming can help save the planet and human health”:

“Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth” by Charles Massy
“The Biggest Estate on Earth – How Aborigines Made Australia” by Bill Gammage
“Back from the Brink – How Australia’s Landscape Can Be Saved” by Peter Andrews

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  1. Myrmecia says

    All this careful observation, experimentation, understanding and courage by farmers is going into caring for the land only to produce food that, within a few hours is s**t flowing down urban sewers. What can be done to complete the circle? Or are cities all "great wens" that must be eliminated to save the biosphere?

  2. Tyrell B says

    No money for feeding…..the price of meat should drop

  3. Slow Helix says

    Great production.

  4. Holly Whitelaw says

    Hi – please can I use this video on Regenerative Food & Farming, aimed at UK. Thank you for your hard work. (-:

  5. Verebazs says

    4:35 Yeah, no, who ever this guy is he didn't "develop" anything. At most he rediscovered the spanish wax. This is how our ancestors did agriculture for thousands of years. It's only since the late-19th century that industrial farming took over.

  6. Peya Luna says

    i like how they point out that they´re not just improving their soil, but also save a ton of money – that will convince other farmers, who might not care about diversity but sure as heck care about their pocket book!

  7. ata leen says

    Tum logon ny videos bna bna ky awam ko pagal bna rakha hai,,indians hon ya Pakstani youtube garden chaneels,,,,simple bolo ky mitti or compost mix kar ky gamlon main dalo,thats it

  8. earlysda says

    4:15 He says they "evolved", when actually "Evolution hasn't been observed while it's happening".
    So it fails the scientific method.

  9. Julieta Vaca Rossi says

    Love this. I have a question regarding the statistic mentioned around minute 10: "70% of the world’s food comes off 5 acres and less of peasant farms, and the majority are worked by women". Where does this info come from? I would very much appreciate the source. Thank you!

  10. Horse237 says

    I have seen farms where they send chickens into the paddock 4 days after the cows to eat the maggots and control the flies.
    Cows are smart. They eat the most nutrient dense grass in a paddock first. Then move them on to the next paddock. The top of the plant and grass has the most store of sugar from photosynthesis. This means the cows are eating the higher Brix reading plants first. This system allows the grass to heal and grow to maximize forage from the fields.

  11. Bob Terryson says

    Good on you Aussies

  12. Mohit Singh says

    Before human starting farming in these lands it must be full of biodiversity.

  13. Mohit Singh says

    Stop eating and grazing animals first and control human population will regenerate earth in Multifold.

  14. Philip Duong says

    I didnt see where joe salatin was in this vid

  15. Choose Wisely says

    Evolution is mostly about adaptation. Looks like the humans are learning to adapt rather conquer. Really nice to see.

  16. ALI EAB says

    We need this at the UAE??

  17. Alrion1704 says

    "the grass is always greener on the other side"
    it this case its even true. just wonder why his neighbour not realise to do the same

  18. Gengonglike Arbukle says

    Humans, the only creatures intelligent enough to create and destroy

  19. A M says

    How naive. You think the politicians are just Thick as a Brick. No the lobby money (Bayer and its kind) will work it so you are not heard. Not till we are on well into a disaster of their making. I wish it weren't so, they worked hard in the US to make sure we didn't know what genically altered food was on the store shelves. This has to be a grass roots move, Good luck. But expect resistance.

  20. Annette McLaughlin says

    Bravo! Thank you!!

  21. hudson says

    Good to see you have willows protecting the banks

  22. hudson says

    One of Australia's big unknown threats to biodiversity are the eucalyptus trees. They are literally banned in the majority of the world as they're inducing soil degradation and erosion, reducing ground water, the biomass has too high a content of oils so it doesn't decompose and becomes a fire hazard and are allelopathic – they emit biochemicals that influence the germination, growth, survival, and reproduction of other organisms. Not all eucalyptus forests prevent biodiversity which is why it needs to be studied to find why places like Mildura are almost completely mono-culture eucalyptus.
    It should be mandatory for all regions to have their own regenerated rainforests. Its not hard to plant trees.

  23. C.A. Bruce says

    Joel Salatin

  24. tsimahei says

    Go no-till organic. That leaves the carbon in the soil, where it holds moisture and becomes humus. Exposed soil loses carbon. Gabe Brown, N. Dakota, 16 inches of rain/year, took his soil from 1.2% carbon to 11% in some fields by organic no-till and grazing covers. It works here, Arizona, as well.

  25. Tom Freer says

    Keep showing others what you are doing. Excellent work.

  26. Simon Sentamu says


  27. whereserik says

    This is a feel good video, but my bullshit meter(no pun intended) is going off with the beef in particular. To quote the New York Times "If we raised all the cows in the United States on grass (all 100 million of them), cattle would require (using the figure of 10 acres per cow) almost half of the country's land (and this figure excludes space needed for pastured chicken and pigs)." Yes, AUS is at an advantage because they have lots of open space, but they are exceptional. There is no way to feed Beef to the world sustainably, and the population is growing. The real solution here is eat less beef if any at all.

    Amazon Brazil is the largest exporter of Beef in the world. The Amazon Rainforest, the "Lungs of the World", is being destroyed every second to raise more cattle and feedcrops for more cattle, but I digress.

    Further reading for those interested: The New York Times: "The Myth of Sustainable Meat", "sustainable energy without the hot air" by david mackay, "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" at cowspiracy dot com.

  28. Annabella L says


  29. Chia Lara says

    This is brilliant and gives me genuine hope for the future!

  30. Nancy Crayton says

    This is the most positive thing I've watched about how to use and heal the land at the same time. So wonderful to see it becoming more commonly used. Really wonderful.

  31. Hlafordlaes says

    Just made my day to see this.

  32. Optimus Phoenix Prime says

    Vertical gardens
    The earth survived hundreds of thousands if not millions of years without you
    Just saying…

    Money heads lol

  33. Barskor1 says

    City sewage needs to be used for biogas/electricity production and the remains shipped back to farms and grasslands rather than dumped into the sea like garbage as it creates dead zones.

  34. Barskor1 says

    Well as it is Australia they likely can not get in some American buffalo they tast better and they don't kill the grass when grazing.

  35. Kevin Ward says

    This plus space mirrors and nuclear power might actually save us

  36. BrightLight says

    I love it. And comment section is positive. Good vibes folks.

  37. Erik Rose Johnsen says


  38. Louise Gogel says

    2:22 “ Now what the world needs for the future, what human beings and all life need humans to be doing, is to have an agricultural system, that the consequence of management is to increase diversity, not diminish it.”

    2:55 “…and out of that came my book, Call of the Reed Warbler” (A New Agriculture – A New Earth, by: Charles Massy)

    3:26 “What we see with regenerative grazing practices … you graze the plants for a very short period of time, and you’ve got to have a fencing system that allows you to move the animals around, so that you have enough recovery time for your paddocks to recover. Whereas when you’ve got stock in every paddock, and you’ve got it grazed down really short, the plant roots are very small”…. those little amounts of rainfall … do nothing in a conventional system because any growth is being grazed immediately, compared to the regenerative system… which allows the plants to grow big, allowing the roots and soil to hold water (my rephrasing).

    9:41 Is that Lambs Quarters in the field??? That is one of my favorite greens to nurture for salads, sautéed greens, anything you do with spinach, this plant is better and sturdier! One year a friend let them grow in amongst his potatoes, when we harvested the potatoes, there were more potatoes under the five foot tall Lambs Quarter plants than where there were none! And the root systems they create are deep and sturdy.

  39. Soma P says

    Hats off to all the true custodians of the land all over the world.

  40. J says

    the future x

  41. Organic Urban Landcare says

    11:25 Be the change…be a light in the world.


  42. Red panda says

    I wonder why don’t farmers have at least 2 or 3 trees in a cow grazing area

  43. Tator Kator says

    if a young lady named Kayla recommended this to you give this a like.

  44. M. Karbaschi says

    Plow the land and let long teeth on the field against the land slop. This catches the rain water and flood and stores them in the land and on the other hand you will have more surface area with grass growing surface.

  45. Zak Smith says

    Leave the world in a better place than you found it.

  46. Some one says

    As deep as I can dig into humanities biggest problems, I find humans mistreating humans, CHILD ABUSE and NEGLECT and/or negligence to be the main crisis being participated in and perpetuated. Come together, fix that, and almost everything will turn around I think eh.

  47. Jeremy Wansbrough says


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