The Mulloon Institute, following nature - mi future

About Us 

Our Vision Read More...

The Mulloon Instituteʼs vision is to see inspired leaders, particularly in agriculture business and government, actively and urgently investing in sustainable methods to heal our eroded landscape and support ethical, regenerative farming to nutritiously feed present and future generations.  By connecting society, efficient food production, and the environment on which it all depends we envision a resilient system where future generations can face the challenge of a changing climate.

Our Journey Read More...

The Mulloon Institute began as the seed of two ideas:
  • The idea that agricultural research and the growing of food are intrinsically intertwined
  • The idea that farming techniques exist that at once regenerate damaged landscapes while producing highly nutritious food
Our founder, Tony Coote, has been pursuing and developing these ideas on the 5700 acre farm, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms over the last 35 years.

In the late 1980s, Tony realised that conventional farming was not suitable for the climate and soil profile of his farm and started to look for other solutions. On a visit to a nearby biodynamic farm during the drought he became convinced that returning to an older, more natural way of farming might be the answer he was looking for.

Then began a journey of research, discussion, learning and experimenting. Tony visited many non-conventional farms around the world, picking the brains of their founders and operators until he arrived at the conclusion that biodynamic farming combined with permaculture principles was the way ahead. He began the process of conversion and committed to the process to achieve organic and biodynamic certification.

During this time Tony gathered many enthusiastic supporters and highly experienced experts to the cause and in 2011 The Mulloon Institute was born, with Tony seeding the institute with the bequest of the entire 5700 acres of Mulloon Creek Natural Farms.

While at first this began as a meeting of two causes, over time it has become obvious that the work of the farm and the institute share the same centre. This is based upon a philosophy that we are creating a new way to regenerate and care for the land, its flora and fauna while meeting the need for nutritious food. It is our understanding that our food is a product of the environment it was grown in, and can only be as good as the soil, water and other inputs that went into its production. To this end all elements are counted in the productivity equation, not just the economics of yield.

The mission of The Mulloon Institute includes a commitment to ground-breaking research and education. Research outcomes inform farm practice and vice versa creating a continuous improvement circle.

Our Mission Read More...

The Mulloon Institute’s mission is to materialise our Vision by actively demonstrating regenerative methods of land asset management, especially soil, water and vegetation. This is accomplished through the connecting of science and practice on Mulloon Creek Natural Farms which is the “living laboratory” for this work. All is to be shared through publication and experiential learning for the benefit of future generations.

Our Beliefs Read More...

  • Our respect for each other is demonstrated by our behaviour
  • Our respect for all life, for the land, air and waterways underpins all our decision making
  • We are non-denominational, non-political and respect the religious and philosophical views of others
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do and every document, project, campaign or event is undertaken with a commitment to outcomes with practical value
  • We gladly take responsibility for all our endeavours, never ‘passing the buck’
  • We engage in solution centred processes, face problems if and when they arise and are frank and considerate in our feedback
  • We seek positive outcomes for all our stakeholders; be they employees, universities, foundations, donors, government, farmers or consumers
  • We strive to embody good citizenship through our ethical behaviour and contribution to the local, national and international community
  • We grow through open communication and welcome honest appraisal

Our Values Read More...

1. RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER
The spirit of our staff is our primary source of success. Within that spirit we treat each other as partners with dignity and respect. We encourage each other’s aligned involvement, development, fun, motivation and welfare.

2. COMMITMENT TO REHYDRATION OF THE LANDSCAPE
We are committed to developing the knowledge and practical experience required to advance regenerative land and water management techniques, including but not limited to permaculture, natural sequence farming, the key-line system, holistic management, biodynamics and organic farming. Every action taken on the land, in the lab or in the boardroom is taken with this core function in mind.

3. SUPPORTING CREATIVITY, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
We are passionate about fostering creativity and facilitating research and innovation with our strategic partners, farmers in transition and students of all ages.

4. EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY
Our role is to lead, educate and advise not only the farmers of today, but the policy makers of tomorrow and the generations to come. 

5. QUALITY ASSURANCE
Every programme, event or service we provide is true to what is promised, and exceeds the value expected.

6. RESPECT FOR ALL LIFE

The physical environment of water, air, flora, and fauna within our stewardship, is at all times treated with respect. 

7. POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

We seek out and encourage partners who are aligned with our beliefs and objectives. We are firm and fair in our dealings. Our standards of quality and service are adhered to absolutely.

8. GOOD CITIZENSHIP

Ethical and practical contributions to the local, national and international environmental and farming communities is a key outcome for our activities.

9. SUSTAINABILITY 
We are committed to the four pillars of sustainability - environmental, financial, social and spiritual - to ensure our work continues for future generations.

10. INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Everything we do allows present generations to thrive without compromising the ability of future generations to do so.

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