Video: Restoring Water and Soils in Arid Australia – Walter Jehne at Drylands Permaculture Course – Zoom Interview

Walter Jehne is a former CSIRO Climate Scientist and Microbiologist and the founder of Healthy Soils Australia. He specializes in the inter-relationships of soil microbiology and the process by which biomatter is converted to new healthy soil. Walter is internationally renowned for his work bringing soil carbon sequestration and its effect on the water cycle into focus within the climate crisis. His work is focusing on bringing soil and climate innovations to the global population, including within the urban human environment. He was able to join us for this permaculture course to share and discuss his rich experience. For more about Walter check out his organization Healthy Soils Australia –


MICHAEL “SKEETER” PILARSKI is a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing and wildcrafting. He has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.