Agroforestry for a sustainable future
Tribal communities choose agroforestry to promote community well-being, nature conservation and sustainable economic development.
Pursuing ecological, social, cultural and economic balance in Southwest Australia
The stewardship and history of the Indigenous Noongar nation are essential to the landscape of Southwest Australia. The Noongar people learned to live in harmony with the land for more than 60,000 years as moondang-ak kaaradjiny, the carers of everything. Caring for everything is the principle that animates the mission of Commonland and our partners to regenerate this global biodiversity hotspot, which has lost more than 90% of its native vegetation.
In early 2015, Commonland became a founding shareholder and partner of Wide Open Agriculture, Western Australia’s leading regenerative food company and the world’s first listed 4 Returns company with a market capitalisation of €30 million as of December 2022.
Since 2018, Commonland’s partnerships in the Southwest Australian landscape have expanded to include an ecosystem of partners with a shared ideal: putting people and land first when it comes to economic development.
“Aboriginal people have had a blueprint for environmental, cultural and social harmony for over 60,000 years. And this is something that can help not just Aboriginal people, but everyone.”Richard Walley, Noongar Elder and co-leader Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together project
With our Southwest Australian partners, we aim to co-create a vibrant and resilient social, ecological, cultural and economic landscape where we care for everything and everyone.
“We cannot do this alone. Without a compelling business case and buy-in from farmer partners, consumers, customers and our network, we wouldn’t survive as a business.Ben Cole, executive director and co-founder of regenerative food company Wide Open Agriculture
Regenerating a landscape’s ecological foundation by restoring and protecting native vegetation, trees, and biodiversity.Current status
Farmer mobilisation and engagement through RegenWA program and WOA outreach activities; remnant vegetation and native habitat protection on existing farms; broader community and stakeholder mobilisation through bringing food, landscape and community restoration onto the broader social change agenda via the Social Impact Festival (UWA SCI) and Food for Thought Festival (Sustain).
Restoring the topsoil and biodiversity, and delivering sustainable economic returns through regenerative agriculture, agroforestry and rotational grazing.
Supporting the next generation of regenerative farmers through a pilot scholarship program; community regeneration through business case development and local / state government involvement with the Regional Regeneration Alliance; research & development, particularly focused around long-term impact of regenerative agriculture.
To deliver sustainable economic productivity with dedicated areas for value-adding activities like processing. This zone is typically concentrated in urban areas.
Developing 4 Returns business cases under the WOA banner, including a regenerative meat distribution business, industrial hemp production, farmland portfolio fund; investment fundraising and management under WOA listed structure and farmland portfolio fund.
Native vegetation at the Andover property, which is managed through a partnership between regenerative farmers, investors and WOA (Image credit: WOA).
Planting of 23,000 seedlings of more than sixty different species at WOA’s East Kulinbah property (Image credit: WOA).
Regenerative agriculture has the potential to restore the landscape while providing business opportunities to farmers.
Growing lupin - an increasingly popular plant-based protein - in regenerative systems offers great opportunity for carbon capture and resilient farming systems (Image credit: WOA)
Boola Boornap tree nursery from Noongar Land Enterprise provides seedlings across the region (Image credit: Noongar Land Enterprise).
The Noongar Enterprise Group received 1.3 million pre-purchase orders for seedlings for 2022-2023 (Image credit: Noongar Land Enterprise).
Ngooka honey is produced by around 100 hives on Noongar-owned land (Image credit: Noongar Land Enterprise)
Dirty Clean Food's Oat Milk is one of the most popular products in their regenerative range (Image credit: WOA).