Show #71: Behind the farming scenes with NZ Regenerative Farmer Jodi Roebuck


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Now onto the show…

Previous guest Nick from Milkwood permaculture (shows #29 and #36) introduced me to Jodi’s work suggesting he’d be great to have on the show. After checking out Roebuck farm and being instantly inspired by Jodi’s work and passion for farm design and restorative farming education, then yes: of course I had to have him on the show. This show is wonderful for farmers wanting to explore doing things differently and not needing pesticide, as well as vegetarians or vegans who want to better understand that some of our friends who are omnivore and purchasing from these sorts of farms, aren’t actually negatively impacting climate change, and omnivores are going to feel a deeper reasoning for choosing ethical, regenerative farmed options, eating less meat and trading up to the good stuff – good for people, animals and planet! Enjoy the show.


Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…

  • Roebuck Farm’s motto is “agrarian innovation”: embracing the past as well as some of the great new technologies that are available to farming today. Making the most of the resources available to be efficient and productive while enhancing the landscape.
  • Regenerative farming according to Jodi is all about building resilience in the soil, in the landscape and in the animals. This is the opposite of “degenerative farming” which is a way to farm that brings erosion and depletes the soil from its nutrients.
  • Jodi uses specific techniques such as covering the soil at all times or rotational grazing which both help produce higher yields in smaller spaces.
  • When it comes to animal farming, the key word according to Jodi is “context” when looking at how it impacts the planet. Overgrazing for example, is highly detrimental to the soil as it doesn’t give enough time to the grass to regenerate before it is grazed again. More than the number of animals grazing in the same space, it’s the timing on the grass that matters the most. It also has other implications in terms of pesticide use as the animals become very selective in the grass they eat and the farmers need to use pesticides to get rid of certain types of grass. At Roebuck’s farm between 90 and 120 days are provided to animals before they start grazing the grass again depending on the weather.
  • Small acres farms can be quite resource-intensive when starting from scratch. “Portable businesses” are one solution that people use to find a way to farm when they can’t afford the land. This is referring to the use of other people’s land for grazing or growing. This is becoming more widespread and a great way to make farming more accessible to youth in particular.


And here are a few extra important links:

Find out more about Jodi’s work HERE.
You can also follow Jodi on Facebook HERE
Book discussed on the show: Grass productivity by Andre Voisin



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Comments 1

  1. Hi, In episode 71 with Jodi you said to go forth without further adieu but I think you mean ado. I just looked up the difference.

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