Soil Land Food has broad experience and relevant qualifications to offer professional and independent consulting services in soils, land management, ecological agriculture, agribusiness, organic agriculture and food systems. We conduct private consulting on a range of projects including in agronomy, composting, rural cooperatives, organic agriculture and community development projects. Our clients include Landcare groups, Regional NRM Bodies, State and Local Government, growers groups and a wide range of agribusinesses. For some recent examples of our work see the Projects page.

Soils & Agronomy

With a strong focus on sustainable, regenerative and organic soil management, we offer professional independent soil services including: soil sampling, mapping, testing and soil evaluations, soil management reports and ecologically-based fertiliser programs. We have worked on soil management with a wide range of enterprises from tropical soils in Nth Qld to western NSW cropping soils and grazing as well as the high rainfall grazing areas of southern Australia. Overseas we have also worked in Thailand and Malaysia.

Land & Farm Management

We are able to consult on land management issues such as grazing management, soil erosion, farm hydrology and rural revegetation. Also if you are looking to develop a Whole Farm Plan then we can assist in farm resource assessment, mapping as well as property and enterprise planning. Finally we can provide consulting on farm management.

Agribusiness, Community & Food Systems projects

Our team has extensive experience in business and agribusiness and we have been involved in a number of agribusiness ventures over the last 20 years. Our experience includes strategic planning, business evaluation and structuring, project budgeting and planning, marketing and operational management. We have experience in both the profit and the “for purpose” sectors.

We have been involved in a number of regional and alternative food system projects and have extensive experience in farmers markets, community-based cooperatives as well as starting new regional food-based ventures. We were part of the consulting team that developed the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy, a major project for Tweed Shire Council, NSW and we have a strong understanding of food systems in Australia. Finally we also have strong experience in rural community facilitation and sustainable agriculture project management and support.

Organic & Regenerative Agriculture

Soil Land Food has many years experience in organic and regenerative agriculture and can offer professional services to those entering the organic agriculture sector. We have a range of extensive contacts in the organic industry. Our expertise includes: organic agronomy, organic farm and enterprise planning and organic certification support.

Composting & Biofertilisers

From manufacturing and quality control through to R & D, marketing and on-farm trials we have been involved in the composting and biofertilisers sector for over 10 years. Areas we provide expertise in include: commercial and on-farm composting, compost quality assurance and biofertilisers.

Research & Development

If you require research and development services in the field of organic/biological agronomy, biofertilisers and compost then we may be able to help. We have completed a number of on-farm trials and we have the ability to carry out the design, planning and monitoring of on-farm trials as well as completing project reports.

Extension

We develop extension resources including Manuals, Booklets and Factsheets as well as video products. We also help organisations train their extension and technical staff in extension methods through our “ Rural Extension: doing it well” workshops and Course. Finally we can help your organisation develop an extension strategy to make the most of limited extension resources.

David’s knowledge surrounding soil health and in particular biological function in soil is second to none. David has an excellent teaching style that works well with adults which gives you the right mix to achieve good outcomes.
David’s formal training as an agroecologist gives him a good understanding of how most types of agriculture work in different environments so he is able to talk to farmers on their level enabling greater understanding of the information he is trying to convey.
David has advised many members of our group and he is considered our ‘go to’ person whenever we are planning projects or field days. He has conducted several field days and workshops for our group and remains top of list whenever we are planning an event.
On a personal note I have known and worked with David for the last few years. We have presented at many workshops and field days and he is still teaching me new things every time. It is a pleasure to work with David and I look forward to his continued support of myself and our group.

Simon Mattsson - Cane Farmer & Nuffied Scholar - Mackay Queensland