James is passionate about restoring degraded landscapes. He believes working with conventional farmers is the key to preserving biodiversity and restoring landscape function at the catchment scale. Following 10 years with the Green Party, James returned to university in his late 30’s to study agriculture. Focusing on soil science, hydrology and extension; he completed his degree with an honours thesis on two major research and development corporations. In 2018 James’ interest in the movement of water has seen him participate in the earthworks open consultation at WormBiz and complete Tarwyn Park Training’s Natural Sequence Farming course with Peter Andrews. He sees huge regenerative potential in operations like WormBiz, not only in generating revenue from waste but also upcycling nutrients for use in horticulture, dairy and revegetation projects.