Peter Andrews, controversial author and sustainable farming expert, will speak in Mansfield on Thursday 16 April.
Mr Andrews rose to fame in 2005 after appearing on ‘Of Droughts and Flooding Rains’, one of the most popular episodes of the ABC program ‘Australian Story’. Mr Andrews is a racehorse breeder and farmer credited with remarkable success in converting degraded properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures. His methods are so at odds with conventional scientific wisdom, that for many years he was dismissed and ridiculed.
Now, leading politicians, international scientists and businessmen, including former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson and Retailer Gerry Harvey, are turning to Mr Andrews for answers on how to alleviate the affects of drought on the Australian landscape.
Over 30 years ago Peter, bought a run-down 2000 acre grazing property called Tarwyn Park, near Bylong in the Upper Hunter Valley. He then quietly set about testing the theories he had been developing virtually since he was a child, growing up on a station near Broken Hill. By 1976 Peter Andrews claimed that the model he had set up on Tarwyn Park was an example of a sustainable agricultural system. The startling results of his ‘Natural Sequence Farming’ are said to have been achieved very cheaply, simply and quickly.
Mr Andrews has also written two books about his sustainable farming methods, ‘Back from the Brink’ and ‘Beyond the Brink’ which have both sold well locally.
Up2Us Landcare Alliance, with support from Mansfield Shire Council, are hosting a public presentation from Mr Andrews at the Mansfield Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 16 April commencing at 6pm. Entry is $2 and supper and books will be available for purchase. Peter will be available for book signings.