YOU HEAR IT
ALL THE TIME
But what really is it?
From rain to fire, you've been through it all and seen it all—often for decades.
IS MUCH MORE
Resilience is much more than surviving or having a tough skin. It's not a to-do list that you tick off and then you're finished.
IS BOTH A MINDSET
AND A SYSTEM.
One that can help us manage complexity.
Let's zoom out to take a look.
Personal & Social
A resilient farm is made up of three key streams.
These streams connect and come together, much like a river.
You can influence how these streams behave, but they can also influence you at the same time. Just like a river, you don't have complete control over it, but you can learn to navigate the waters through appropriate management, so you don't get swept away.
One of the most important streams is environmental.
Protecting and improving the health of the land lays the foundation for the financial, and personal and social streams to flow.
You can work with the environment to manage the health of your land's soil, water, and above and below ground species, while also recognising that there are broader patterns outside your control. This includes soil types, the water cycle, weather cycles, and longer-term changes in the climate.
Another important stream is people: you, your family, friends, employees, networks, and your community (etc). Your personal and social wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you influences how you make decisions that relate to the environment, and how you achieve financial success and stability.
Your financial stream is shaped by your financial decision making, the broader economy, beyond your influence (e.g interest rates), as well as what happens in the environmental, and personal and social streams too.
You can build financial resilience through proactive planning, flexing to market changes, and making sure you have access to financial resources.
The healthier your finances, the more you can invest in the rest of the river system, improving how it flows.
These 3 streams work together to build your resilience.
A resilient farm is not a destination, but a continuous process; one that looks different for every farmer and changes over time.
So, what can you do?
Now we have the picture of a resilience river, there are some ways you can help improve the flow.
- Identify your purpose, values, and goals.
- Observe the influences around you and how they interact.
- Differentiate causes and symptoms.
- Identify risks and opportunities and proactively plan a response.
Monitor & Implement
- Make proactive decisions based on best available information.
- Check-in from time-to-time to reassess and respond to any risks.
- Connect with your peers and networks to share, learn, and experiment.
This can help you build resilience to either absorb, adapt, and or transform to your changing circumstances. Learn more about this here. You can also check in on your resilience with DR. SAT; the tool made with farmers for farmers.
This circle represents your farm and is where you have the most influence. Inside this circle, are the three interconnected streams: environmental, financial; and personal and social - click the names of the streams to see the kind of self-assessment content within the tool. At the centre sits your purpose and values; these determine how you interact with everything around you. As you scroll down, you'll see broader parts of the system which you have far less influence over, but still need to monitor to consider within your farm planning.