Earth Canvas Farmers

In Australia, the way we produce food and fibre has come to rely increasingly on industrial principles of production. This approach has led to many environmental and human health losses.

Regenerative agriculture is emerging as an alternative approach. Its principles focus on the health of nature and people, and on how all things are interconnected. It is more than sustainability; it is the active rebuilding or regenerating of an ecosystem towards full health.

The Earth Canvas project invited contemporary artists to work on regenerative farms between the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers in southern New South Wales. The project aimed to link the artists’ perspective on the land with the farmers’ management of the land. What was revealed was a mutual creativity of approach and deep empathy with the landscape.

The art exhibition (running from 2020-2022) explores the experiences of both the regenerative farmer and the artist, their respective engagement with the land and their vision for a healthier world.

The artists and farms involved in the Earth Canvas project are:

  • Rosalind Atkins, working with the Wearn Family at Yammacoona, Little Billabong
  • Jenny Bell, working with the Coughlan family at Mount Narra Narra, Holbrook
  • Jo Davenport, working with the Austin Family at Mundarlo, Mundarlo
  • Janet Laurence, working with Rebecca Gorman and family at Yabtree West, Mundarlo
  • Idris Murphy, working with the Coghlan family at Eurimbla, Gerogery
  • John Wolseley, working with Gillian Sanbrook at Bibbaringa, Bowna

Read more about our Farmers in the catalogue below.

Art Exhibition Catalogue

About Mundarlo

Mundarlo is a 1450ha property situated on the Murrumbidgee River between Wagga Wagga and Gundagai, NSW.  Comprises of rolling granite hills to alluvial river flats.  The property was bought by our family in the late 1940’s.  Currently there are three generations  of Austins living on Mundarlo.

Traditionally it has been a mixed enterprise farm, however, for the last eight years it has run only beef cattle.  In 2010 holistic management was adopted and ever since the focus has been on healthy people, a healthy landscape and a healthy bank balance.

Download Open Day flyer – 1st December 2019

About Bibbaringa

Bibbaringa is owned by Gill Sanbrook, the property is 950 hectares and runs between 400 and 600 steers purchased annually from the high country in NE Victoria, The cattle grazed in a planned rotation on native and improved grasslands. Bibbaringa produces GrassFed beef with no hormones and antibiotic and healthy nutrient rich beef into the food chain

The focus at Bibbaringa is to build soil and have 100% ground cover throughout the year. I have used the principals of Holistic Management whereby we graze cattle strategically and allow adequate recovery for plants before we graze again. I have planted over 70,000 trees since 2007 when the property was purchased.

I am have an open mind to alternative ideas; anything that will help build the resilience of Bibbaringa ecosystem. For example I use the knowledge of innovative principles of Natural Sequence Farming outlined by Australian farmer Peter Andrews. Bibbaringa is registered with the clean energy regulator to trade carbon in native revegetation areas by building carbon in the soil and trees.

“My passion is Land management and working with nature. The rewards are enormous and the ability for nature to repair is astounding. I am constantly in awe of the synergy between managing the landscape animals and climate variability. It is constantly changing and there is no recipe.” Each season I access the climatic forecasts and current conditions, grass available and market conditions and alter my stocking rates accordingly.

The most powerful knowledge I get from Holistic Management is the decision-making. “I have learnt to understand how important my decisions are and how they can positively and adversely affect the land and animals I manage. There are constant challenges. I have been managing holistically since 1993 and have seen big improvement in the land and soil and the health of animals. I’ve also found that the family is making better decisions in finances and business since practicing Holistic Management principles.”

As an addition to my beef cattle business I offer the

Bibbaringa Shearers Quarters for accommodation. The 4 bedrooms kitchen and 2 bathrooms are ideal for family farm holidays. Bookings through Airbnb

The Woolshed is available for conferences, workshop art residency.

I welcome visitors to Bibbaringa and excited to be part of Earth Canvas.

Download Open Day flyer – 9th November 2019

About Mt Narra Narra

Michael and Anna Coughlan run Mt Narra Narra a 4400 ha property on the Jingellic Rd. The Hereford Beef cattle breeding operation is managed in 2 herds of cattle moving into fresh paddocks each day. There are up to 2000 animal a herd.

Mt Narra Narra backs onto the Woomargama National Park and has Spring Creek and 10 mile creek running through the property. There are pools of water along the creek with Pygmy Perch established in the stream. And phragmites in wetlands established throughout the property.

Anna and Michael joined Earth Canvas project because they were interested to see how an artist interpreted the landscape they live. Michael said we become blinded by familiarity and see changes but take them for granted. It will be good to see Mt Narra Narra through someone else’s eyes.

Download Open Day flyer – 16th November 2019

About Eurimbla

Eurimbla is a 500 acre undulating property nestled upon the western slopes of Table Top Mountain.  According to Wiradjuri legend, ‘the area is especially significant because it is where Biamee rested following his creation of this land’. It is a place where all things are valued: The flora and fauna that grow upon and within the earth, the rocks, the wind, the rain, and the sun that shines upon us and nourishes all that is here. 

The Red Poll and Shorthorn stud cattle that graze upon Eurimbla have had progeny sold to all states of Australia, and genetics exported to five countries.  They have been good to us and we respect them as part of our lives and landscape.  

Our approach to farming is to be a part of where we live, to learn from the many signs of nature and to manage our property and live upon it in a sustainable way.  Our involvement with Earth Canvas gives us and the broader community an opportunity to visualise how farming and nature can nourish one another. 

Download Open Day flyer – 10th November 2019

About Yabtree West

Yabtree West runs along the southern side of the Murrumbidgee near Gundagai in NSW’s Riverina district.

For 5 years we’ve been implementing Holistic Management practices in order to build up native grasses, soil health and general biodiversity, using cattle as the main tool for regeneration. The process has been both challenging and inspiring but has come with ever growing understanding of the natural order of things.

Yabtree West hosts beautiful valley views from its hilltops where trees were stripped by early settlers. We are gradually re-planting these fragile areas with trees to offer fertility to the hilltops and new homes for birds, insects and wildlife.

Download Open Day flyer – 30th November 2019

Wearn Family Story


The Wearn family have bred and grown Angus cattle, Merinos, Composites and Black faced Suffolk sheep for 25 years.

We believe in producing a high quality product for our consumers to enjoy. To achieve this our animals spend all their lives grazing contentedly on our land. We are Low Stress Stock handlers and allow our stock to mature in a happy, stress free environment where all their needs are taken care of.

In fact, due to our love of our animals we were led to Alan Savourys’ Holistic Management principles. In order to provide the very best for our stock we needed to have the best feed available for them to graze upon – prolific, regenerative grasses, shade and shelter and clean water. To achieve this we turned our attention to our soil and rehydrating our landscape guided by Natural Sequence farming practises championed by Peter Andrews.

We allow our stock to graze their paddock in large numbers for a short period of time and move them quietly and considerately to fresh pasture and resting the grazed pasture for as long as it needs to fully recover.

Within our farm we consider the relationships and balances that co exist between all flora and fauna above and below our precious soil.

Landscape biodiversity is enhanced with landcare plantings and private agroforresty projects. We are re instating wetlands and rehydrating our soils. With careful management our farm will be a healthy, replenishing and productive piece of Australian that future generations can continue to farm and enjoy.




Download Open Day flyer – 17th November 2019