The show case event for 2023 participants

Celebration and reflection marked the gathering of the group of nine participants in the inaugural Lachlan Hughes Foundation Program when they met in Toowoomba on 8th February 2024. They had to complete the final activity in the year long learning journey as part of the Program.

Sam and Alina Hart, Blackall; Neil and Jan-Adele Reinke, Lowmead, Will and Sasha Treloar, Cooladdi, Ben Heathwood, Dayboro, Anna Hughes, Dulacca, and Toni Rissmann, Goondiwindi were all required to give a formal presentation to a panel of judges and audience. Each covered their on-farm regenerative agriculture project and how they had benefited and developed personally from the training and learning experience.

Each presentation was assessed by the judging panel with the participants vying for the prestigious 'Tree of Life Award'.

Thanks to valued sponsors the award is valued at $40,000 and includes a cash prize, access to a series of programs and in-kind support.
Queensland Trust For Nature – On-property ecological site visit, survey and report.
Power Tynan – Summit Club membership, workshops and coaching.
AgriWebb – Performance Plan 12-month subscription and support.
Cibo Labs – Premium Pasture Key 12-month subscription and support.
Charlie Arnott and Hamish Mackay – Biodynamic Workshop.
Lachlan Hughes Foundation – Funding for a regen ag study tour and/or further training.

The camaraderie built up between all the participants and their respect for Barb Bishop, who guided them on their journey, was obvious at the celebratory presentation evening held at Muller Bros Rooftop. Guests came from all corners of Queensland and interstate to see the winners announced.

Sam and Alina Hart, Barb Bishop, Ben Heathwood, Will and Sasha Treloar, Neil and Jan-Adele Reinke, Anna Hughes, Toni Rissmann. 

Congratulations to Neil and Jan-Adele Reinke who won the "Tree of Life Award" for their successful work in repairing systemic erosion problems and introducing regenerative and sustainable activities on their property between Bundaberg and Miriam Vale.


Listen to the interview with Neil and Jan-Adele - CLICK HERE
'Beef Central' article and photos - CLICK HERE
'Beef Central' story of the Reinke's journey - CLICK HERE

Finding a group of like-minded people, building a regen ag network, personal growth, the impact of a legacy, being part of an alumni to continue our learning journey with - were all comments made by the participants during the program.
Ben Heathwood summed up the feeling of the group with his statement -
"There most certainly is a future in agriculture: it's us!"