Alina Siegfried

AuthorAlina Siegfried

Alina is a Wellington-based writer, narrative strategist, and storyteller specialising in the impact space. Focused on human-centric stories, she is passionate about the use of narrative and story to support systems-level change across a number of sectors and industries. Prior to late 2019, she worked with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship team for five years to help develop the programme and tell the stories of the 200+ global impact Fellows in the community. Alina has worked in communications across government, business, the NGO sector, social enterprise, and the arts. She is a NZ national poetry slam winner under the alias Ali Jacs, and is currently in the midst of writing her first book, on storytelling for impact.

Insight into Regenerative Agriculture in New Zealand: The Good, the Bad, and the Opportunity

The good, the bad, and the opportunity of regenerative farming in NZ  In November, 2019 a group of 85 farmers gathered in a mixed cropping farm and a dairy farm near Leeston, Canterbury, to find out what they could learn about regenerative agriculture. They marveled at healthy pasture, dug in the rich black foot-deep top soil, heard stories from their peers, and visited some happy, healthy cows...

International Organic and Regenerative Ag Markets with Gary Hirshberg

An organic entrepreneur’s advice on scaling up regenerative agriculture in New Zealand In the 37 years that he has been in the business of organic food production, Gary Hirshberg has seen the US market for organic products grow by over 2.6million percent, from US$2m in 1983, to the US$52.5b industry it is today.  Consider that figure for a minute. And then consider that the market is growing in...

The Sweet Spot for Regenerative Management with Hamish Bielski

How regenerative methods turned around a tired old farm When Hamish Bielski took a phone call from a “random caller” in 2014 who was looking to speak to the manager of the sheep station where he was working, he almost hung up. It was a busy time of year at Mt Lincoln Station, and Hamish was in the midst of weaning lambs.  But he stayed on the line, chatting with Neil Gardyne and it turned out to...

Building Soil Health with Nicole Masters

How a Kiwi soil expert is leading the global conversation on building healthy soils through regenerative agriculture Whenever Nicole Masters tells international audiences that New Zealand farmers are experiencing drought conditions, they are amazed. The typical response tends to be, “how is it that a temperate-zone country like NZ with comparatively high rainfall is in the middle of a drought?”...

Catalysing Rapid Growth in Regenerative Agriculture with Mike Taitoko

New Zealand’s new accelerator and investment programme for regenerative agriculture Mike Taitoko has big plans to catalyse rapid growth within New Zealand’s regenerative agriculture (regen ag) industry, with environmental outcomes, farmer support and providing access to funding all within his sights. His new impact venture, Calm The Farm, sources impact investor funding to assist farmers and...

The Science of Regenerative Agriculture with Dr Gwen Grelet

Using whole system science to understand the way regenerative ecosystems operate When ​Dr. Gwen Grelet​ began to study soil ecology on dairy farms in New Zealand in 2016, she got a rude shock. As a soil ecologist with no prior knowledge of farming and a deep appreciation for the complexities of natural systems, the conventional dairy model finely tuned for maximum milk solid outputs didn’t make...

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