Film director and actress Rachel Ward and her husband, actor Bryan Brown,
bought a cattle farm in the late 1980s, and have endured the droughts,
bushfires and floods that increasingly devastate the country. Witnessing these
disasters, plus the birth of her first grandchild, forces Rachel to confront
her own small role in damaging our precarious environment.
“What about the future our grandchildren
will inherit? … Agriculture is causing
climate change, it's not just fossil fuel.”
Rachel joins forces with farmer Mick Green. They discover that conventional
agriculture is no longer working, drives climate change, and neither of
their farms are ecologically or financially viable. But Mick’s research leads
them to the scientific methodologies of regenerative farming, Holistic
Management and ecological outcome verification.
“The shift to regenerative farming to combat climate
change: that's what
I'm going to commit every part of my being to.”
Rachel's Farm highlights the unique opportunities women are finding as
regenerative farmers and ecological health monitors, and features intimate
interviews with Rachel, her family and those who've inspired her. The film offers
an extraordinary insight into a voyage from ignorance towards the growing movement to
restore the health of Australia’s farmland, food and climate.
“Nature's never about one thing, it's about
a multitude of relationships … I
know that changing my farm is not going to change the world, but if everybody
does a little bit, we can.”
The world is fixated on the role of carbon emissions in climate change, but
it's only one aspect of the problem. The root cause is collapsed and degraded
ecosystems, which create bare wastelands that radiate heat and can't absorb carbon.
An entire 50% of the Australian landmass is dedicated to livestock grazing:
this industry is not going away and ecological recovery must co-operate with
But today there are new and scientifically-supported methods, such as Holistic
Management, that use grazing animals to improve ecological health.
Healthy pastures dissipate
heat and naturally absorb carbon, improving the viability of farmlands
and benefiting the world.