Farmers learn regenerative agriculture

Healthy Landscapes participants gather on Sam White’s property in Sidonia.

It was a perfect autumn day as farmers from the region met for the final day of this year’s ‘Healthy Landscapes – Holistic Grazing Management’ course on Sam White’s property in Sidonia.

Farmers and land managers from diverse backgrounds came together on Friday May 3 to finish off an inspiring course that is now in its fourth year.

Run by Jason McAinch, private land conservation officer with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, together with the City of Bendigo and Hepburn Shire Council, the program has given practical knowledge on regenerating participants’ farms and landscapes.

Introducing new and current landholders to a profitable way of farming is what Regenerative Agriculture is all about and this is growing rapidly in popularity both locally and abroad and has proven to be better for the farmer, their animals and the environment.

“It’s always a pleasure to get involved with landholders and show them the potential of owning and managing their environments,” said Sam White of Sidonia Beef, Sidonia.

The success of this program has already seen it awarded ‘The Premier’s Choice’ award at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards as well as more recently a high commendation finalist in the 2024 LGPro Awards for Excellence.

So if you are not sure where to start on your piece of land then another exciting Healthy Landscapes course is being planned for later this year and more information will be released in the coming months.


Hundreds of farmers will gather at the Kyneton Town Hall on the evening of May 24 to reflect on what they’ve learned through the Healthy Landscapes program, swap stories, meet new and old friends and plan for a very bright future for regenerative farming in the region.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting the event, together with the local Macedon Ranges Regenerative Farmers group, with produce from farmers who are all alumni involved in the program.

Registrations are essential for this free event. Visit council’s Environment Events web page or call 5422 0333.