We have just completed the in-field intensive training to become a Short-Term Monitor with the Soil Matters team in Canterbury
There is continued growth and interest in Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) nationally, and we are preparing the resources for this growth and welcome the team at Soil Matters into the EOV family.
It was a pleasure to work with such a great team who all had a keen interest in understanding and applying EOV.
Soil Matters is an established soil consultancy company based in Christchurch, New Zealand established by Rob Flynn. The company has been looking after NZ soils for over 15 years.
They provide consultancy services to farmers and producers concerned about the health of their Land.
They see EOV as an essential tool to be able to measure and monitor the impact of their advice. EOV has allowed them to assess land health through fresh eyes. All gave great feedback on the value of the course.
They learnt to assess soil health through a series of biological indicators at the soil surface. This combination of indicators shows where the mineral cycle, water cycle, energy flow and diversity sit for that land base/farm relative to the potential for that ecoregion.
Evaluating the health of the land with EOV
Evaluating the health of the land as a living system, EOV measures soil health, flora, fauna, and how the local ecosystem functions.
EOV is a science-based method built for farmers that give farmers feedback on what’s working and what isn’t.
These insights include food security, better water retention and promoting effective carbon sequestration.
During the course, the team understood that regeneration is a long-term solution to the EOV approach, but before we get there, we need to put the time and effort into not only understanding this method but making it more than just sustainable.
Therefore, it needs to be regenerating.
Regenerative farming plays a key part in the connection between consumer and farmer. EOV provides the Ecological Health Index, the measure of the ecological health status of the farm. A constantly improving EHI shows the consumer the land is regenerating and allows produce from these farms to enter the Land to Market programme.
The Land to Market programme presents produce from land verified as regenerating by EOV to conscious consumers globally.
How the Land to Market Programme can help you
The Land to Market programme is an initiative of the Savory Institute to link conscious consumers with produce from land which is verified as regenerating in health.
Land to Market shows the transparency of produce right from the beginning stages on the farm right through to the point of sale.
Consumers today are more in tune than ever with the needs of the environment and are more conscious of what they invest their money in and what’s going onto their plates and into their mouths.
For the first time in history, we can let consumers know a product’s impact on the environment, with empirical data to back it up. This informs and empowers consumers to make the best decision for themselves and their families while having a positive ecological impact.
The Land to Market program is exciting as it gives complete transparency at every stage of the supply chain. It gives control, trust, and freedom back to the consumer, while businesses and companies who give a false impression about how environmentally friendly, they are can no longer hide.
Regenerative farming, EOV and Land to Market are quickly leading the way to better farming practices and a better future for all.