Keywords: NSF, natural sequence farming, soil function, flow regimes, groundwater recharge, erosion control, salinity control, pioneer plants, ecosystem health, agriculture, Australia, perched water flows, aquifer recharge
The principles of Natural Sequence Farming
The paper outlines the four fundamental principles of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF). It explains historical changes in the Australian landscape affecting vegetation, drainage, and morphology, including the typical perched water flows. NSF management techniques are analysed as structural and non-structural and, in the opinion of the CSIRO Expert Panel, both produce manifold benefits in terms of erosive water velocities, aquifer recharge, soil structure, erosion, compaction, and pasture productivity, to name a few.