How to become a Soils For Life case study
Soils For Life case studies present a landholder’s inspiring story of transition from conventional farming practice to regenerative landscape management in order to inform and inspire others to make this change for themselves.
To prepare the case studies, we rely on each farmers’ knowledge of their landscape as well as expert elicitation and observation, published and unpublished research/data collection, our own interviews, soil testing and external economic analysis. We then document ecological, social and economic impacts of change
If you think your story would make a good Soils For Life case study, begin the case study process by downloading our application form here.
Make the switch
Fundamental to each Soils For Life case study is evidence that the landholder has implemented landscape management practices that are regenerating soil and landscapes and has some knowledge of the principles that underpin these. In order to be able to show the impacts of a switch to regenerative agriculture, we usually select farms that have been implementing regenerative principles over the past 10 years.
Fill out the application form
Our application form isn’t difficult, but it does collect important information about you and your property as well as the practices that you use. Click here to download the form.
A Soils For Life evaluation panel convenes several times each year to select case study sites from applications we have received. The selection criteria you will be assessed against are:
- Demonstrated implementation of regenerative and sustainable management practices
- Evidence of landscape regeneration and improvements in ecological processes
- Commitment to regenerative agriculture
If you are new to farming, or just at the beginning of your journey towards regenerative agriculture you may want to allow some time for the impacts of your changes to be observed and recorded. Don’t be afraid to re-apply after a few years if your first application isn’t successful!
Share your information
Our assessments look at the farm, the family and the business as a whole to generate a case study. The more information that you can share about the ups and downs of your process of change, the more you can help others to make the change for themselves.
The economic section is an important part of the case study report. We aim to produce clearly documented information that shows the impact of innovations on business performance. When land is a business asset, this kind of information is critical for people looking at making changes to their business. The type of data we use includes rainfall data, production records, and profit and loss statements. Ideally, we look at information covering a ten-year period.
We understand that it can be challenging to give this information to people outside your trusted network. We respect the privacy of case study participants and publish information indexed to industry benchmarks. The net position of the business remains private and we always get permission from participants before releasing information.
Please see our recent case study reports for examples.
Site visits and interviews
If you are selected as a case study, a Soils For Life field team will visit your property to observe the landscape function and ecology and talk with you about how it has changed over time. They will take photographs and soil samples to document these changes, as well as ask you to speak about your experience on camera.
In the lead up to this visit, as well as afterwards, the team will be in touch to ask questions and collect information about your property. A member of the team will also conduct an in-depth interview around how the changes implemented have impacted you, your family and your community.
The Soils For Life team works hard to tell your story using the materials we collect in the most accessible way possible. You may get calls or emails from various members of our transdisciplinary team as well as our accountants to help finalise the materials.
Field days, webinars and podcasts
We hope that your story of change informs and inspires other landholders to make a change too. For this reason, we conduct field days (or produce alternatives like webinars). We ask that case study farmers participate in these to help spread the word that regeneration of the Australia landscape is achievable!
If you have any questions about our case studies including more information on how you participate in our case study program please contact us.
Please note: This document is a PDF. You can type your answers in or print and fill out by hand.