Soils for Life is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging the widest possible adoption of regenerative landscape management practices (also known as regenerative agriculture) across rural, remote and urban environments.

We address an alarming problem. According to our senior scientists, two thirds of our soils have disappeared since European settlement.

Soils for Life supports the growing number of innovative farmers and land managers who are successfully regenerating their landscapes and maintaining or increasing their production.

Soils for Life aims to extend our body of knowledge to the wider community. Soils for Life depends on scientific and clearly documented evidence showing the economic, environmental and social benefits of applying regenerative landscape management.

Soils for Life, under the leadership of our Founder, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery AC, (AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), believes that a national unified and co-operative approach by farmers, land managers, policy makers, scientific agencies, urban developers and consumers can effectively restore our degraded landscape.

Australia has a tradition of leadership in agricultural science, so now is the time for government to properly fund research and development and not allow the decline in investment to continue.

Support and learn more about our work:

  • Read our case studies
  • Learn more about regenerative landscape management
  • Learn about our programs
  • Start your own regenerative journey


Soil is the lifeblood of agriculture and is fundamental to our survival. Healthy soils are essential for healthy plant growth, food production for human nutrition and ecosystem services such as clean water and air. Healthy soils help to regulate the Earth’s climate and store more carbon than all of the world’s forests combined.


Regenerative agriculture, or regenerative landscape management, is based on the principle that healthy soils with deep carbon levels retain water, support strong, nutrient rich plants, and promote biodiversity. Management techniques generally focus on integrated management of soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity and becoming more efficient in the use of natural resources.


Major General Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) hails from Wiluna, Western Australia, and his passion for agriculture and the landscape it depends on remains undiminished. His vision – to encourage all Australians to focus on our soils and the urgent need to regenerate our urban and rural landscapes – underpins the work of Soils for Life.