Do you want chocolate with your Regenerative Agriculture?

What does chocolate have to do with Regenerative Agriculture and Regenerative Communities? 

Find out at Byron Bay as foodies and farmers hijack Valentine's Day.


Join five regenerative ag farmers, a vet, an ABC journo, a passionate foodie advocate and four young pen-pals as we discuss how to get Australia excited about supporting their farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture and increase the carbon in their soil? Especially when most people don't know what carbon is, let alone its key role to help save the planet and end drought?

Join us for the formal launch of the National Regenerative Agriculture Day and the CARBON8 project over a very chocolatey breakfast conversation at the vibrant energy of The Farm Byron Bay.


Share a delicious breakfast and morning tea from The Three Blue Ducks. Conversation and chocolate included.


Taste test the difference between chocolate grown via conventional farming and Alter Eco chocolate grown via regenerative agriculture approaches. 

Then get involved in the panel discussion around "What does chocolate have to do with taking carbon out of the air and getting it into the soil?"

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Alter Eco Pacific, The Farm Byron Bay, Three Blue Ducks and Brunswick Valley Landcare. Your support for creating change in our food and farming systems is invaluable. 


This will be the most meaningful way to start your Valentine's in 2019. Forget the carbon diamond ring! This year it's all about carbon in the soil!


Adults $75

Concession / Landcare member $65

Date And Time

Thu., 14 February 2019

7:00 am – 12:00 pm AEDT

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The Farm Byron Bay

11 Ewingsdale Road

Ewingsdale, NSW 2481

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Meet the Speakers

Charlie Arnott

Grass Fed Beef - Naturally

Who's your farmer? (Talk)

+ MC for Panel Session

Charlie is a Biodynamic cattle farmer and Landcare Australia Ambassador from Boorowa, NSW. Charlie is passionate about connecting foodies and farmers, and has been an active advocate of consumers being co-producers in how we grow food.

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Geoff Lawton


Can we end the drought with regenerative agriculture?

Geoff is a world leader in permaculture. He has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and over 50 countries around the world.

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Helen McCosker

Co-Founder: What Would Love Do Now and National Regenerative Agriculture Day

Regenerative Communities

Helen is part of a 3 person team who founded the charity 'What Would Love Do Now' and 'National Regenerative Agriculture Day' to not only regenerate the soil but also communities. Helen and Mike run their mixed-farming property in Wallangra, near Inverell, NSW

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Mike McCosker

Co-Founder: What Would Love Do Now and National Regenerative Agriculture Day

Carbon8 - What is it?

Mike is also co-founder with Helen and Kelly Jones, and is a 4th generation farmer. Carbon8 is Mike's passion. It's to help sponsor Australian farmers to increase carbon in the soil by 8%. Mike is also passionate educator on regenerative farming.

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Robert Pekin

Food Connect

The importance of farmers to foodies

Robert is an ex-dairy farmer who founded this social enterprise in 2005. The mission is to create a fairer food system by connecting farmers and food makers to foodies, paying fair prices, distributing fresh food within 400km of where it's grown, and working closely with farmers and food makers to support local and ecological

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Jody Brown

Longreach Farmer

Transitioning to Regenerative Agriculture and the drought

Jody's 16,000ha family cattle property has been in drought for 7 year which she runs by herself in Longreach, Qld. She is a passionate advocate for regenerative agriculture and is a volunteer for the Farmers for Climate Action

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Rhea Abraham

ABC Journalist

MC + Panel Member

Rhea is an Australian freelance Journalist & Producer reporting for ABC News. 

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Gundi Rhoades

Inverell Rural Vet

Panel Member

Gundi is a farmer and veterinarian and the owner of the Gowrie Vet Clinic in Inverell, NSW. She looks after both pets and livestock from farms in the New England district. Gundi is passionate about animal and human health, and how regenerative agriculture is one of the key solutions to climate change.

Friend a Farmer Australia

Pen Pals Project

The Friend a Farmer Initiative was started by Amy Gunn and is an educational, awareness and networking campaign with the goal of reconnecting the city with the bush. At our event, we have been lucky enough to get kids from the bush and the beach to join us and talk about their experiences with being pen pals to each other.

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