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The most rain we have had in about 18-20 months... good for the grass, it hasn’t done anything for dams, but please read on. 💚 WATER & DROUGHT: The same amount of water cycles around the planet in various states (and quality). Since we moved to @bulamirri 24 months ago, there has been a rainfall deficit in this area - causing dry conditions, making it difficult for us to set up and re-establish ourselves after moving here. With low moisture, plants cannot access nutrients, many microbes cannot proliferate, slowing down the decomposition of material, plants and associated biological community suffer. The land lies in stress, plants release sugars and forced to bolt, they attract pests and diseases taking advantage of the weak. Groundwater is significantly reduced and the already built areas of stored water here are poorly placed to benefit from rainfall other than the few mm that land on top of it. We need to store some water here to grow food, to slow it down to reduce erosion and run off down stream, therefore improving water quality. Watching this happen is hard, when there is no water in the system and action gets holted, confidence is eroded. Rain like this breathes life into the grass, the top layers of the parched soil profile sigh happily, we hear it. Having good ground cover allows it to sit in the soil, filter slowly, the most valuable place to store water on any farm. We are taking action, all we can do and all we can afford so soon after moving here - our I’LL BE DAMNED: FARM RESILIENCE FUNDRAISER (in bio), invites you to be part of a farm taking action to use landscape centric design and planning to better see water stored in the landscape and slowed down... Improving the local water cycle aims to improve microbes and plant growth, which aims to improve photosynthesis and solar energy cycles, which sinks carbon into the soil and benefits the planet, imagine if action like this was supported globally...giving a future to the land all life relies on. It’s a positive outlook, a positive way to take global action, focus on the locally achievable...no longer flattened or immobilised by dinosaurs in denial.