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.

Regenerative Agriculture and Rural Mental Health with Jono Frew

Changing mindsets and inspiring farmers for better mental health It’s early December 2019 and Jono Frew is unexpectedly driving a several-hour diversion to get to a client’s farm. Storms and flooding have reigned chaos upon the Canterbury region, and bridges are wiped out. When I flippantly remark on our phone call what Mother Nature is capable of, he is quick to respond that it’s not so much...

Regenerative Dairy Farming with Mark Anderson

How a South Otago dairy farmer learned to trust his instincts  In mid 2017, dairy farmer Mark Anderson sat down at his South Otago kitchen table with a rep from a chemical fertiliser company for a regular scheduled catch up, as he did every month or so. But this time the conversation went a little different than usual.  Mark had been experiencing a growing discomfort with the ways in which he had...

From Organics to Regenerative Agriculture with Allan Richardson

An Otago farmer shares 20 years experience in eschewing conventional farming When Allan Richardson told his father in 1998 that he planned to convert a small portion of his West Otago sheep and beef farm to organic, his father cautioned him to do it right at the bottom of the farm, where the neighbours couldn’t see. To his father it felt like a step backwards in time, as he had built up his own...

Social Cohesion in Rural Communities with Sam Lang

The role community support plays in successful transitions to regenerative agriculture From the hyper regulated agriculture industry in Europe to the sprawling mega-farms in the United States, and from massive rangeland stations to the small plots of land tended by peasants in rural Ecuador, Sam Lang has observed a distinct pattern amongst farmers who are trying to move towards more sustainable...

Horticultural Nutrient Cycling with Kay Baxter

This EHF Fellow is tapping into New Zealand’s natural phosphate sources There is a common narrative across the farming community that New Zealand landscapes have no naturally occurring phosphate, and therefore we need to import it on a massive scale. The story that is closer to the truth is that many of our stocks of natural phosphate, in addition to previously applied superphosphate, are not...

Conservation Agriculture and Soil Ecology with Simon Osborne

A Canterbury farmer’s experience of how soil biology influences soil chemistry and physics. When Simon Osborne’s father began implementing a “zero till” policy on his mixed cropping farm near Doyleston in the mid 1970’s, it was part of a popular trend in the farming community. Unlike most farmers however, who abandoned it after a few years putting it in the too-hard basket, he saw the potential...

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