Southern Blue Regenerative is owned by Glen and Lucinda Chapman who both grew up on family properties in the Armidale/Guyra region in the New England, NSW running sheep and cattle.
After Glen’s parents completed a Grazing for Profit school in the early nineties, he saw there were alternative production methods to what he was being taught at university in his Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He started researching Keyline Farming techniques and then worked as a consultant focused on holistic management and sustainable grazing with Resource Consulting Services.
After starting their family Glen and Lucinda returned to Armidale, where Lucinda works for Landcare. Glen started working with regional businesses advising and developing business plans for a wide array of enterprises. This included working on the development of some social enterprise plans with local communities, such as the Roxy Cinema in Bingara, NSW. In 2003 Glen joined other locals on a regional development project in ecotourism. This began as an idea by locals to create a long distance walking trail from the tablelands to the coast but then turned into a 10-year project to create opportunities in the region for eco and sustainable tourism.
This tourism experience, along with his background in agriculture, led Glen to join Quadrant Australia, a company with a long history in running agricultural study tours to all parts of the world. Glen developed the first sustainable and regenerative farming tour, which took a small group of farmers to New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia and California visiting Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, Rodale Institute for research in organic farming and the Centre for Agriculture Economy in Harwick Vermont.
In 2016 after finishing a sojourn at the University of New England, Glen commenced work on the development of a new tourism business developing luxury sustainable accommodation partnered with sustainable farming. The first properties launch later in 2017.
Glen is continuing development of the regenerative food and farming tours, with the launch of a new series in 2017 with both Australian and overseas programs. For more information on 2018 programs>
Our Regenerative Farming Enterprise
We are in the process of acquiring our own land so that we can be part of a sustainable future and produce food. We have acquired a small farm east of Armidale and will also be developing part of our family property near Guyra on the northern tablelands. Our family property has been operating under a minimal input and cell grazed holistic management system since the early 90’s allowing native grasslands to rejuvenate.
Our aim for the future of the farm is to continue regenerating the soils and plants and introduce multiple enterprises that overlap and benefit each other. The 3,000-hectare property already supports cattle and sheep grazing, managed game for bow hunting and farm tourism.