Rhonda Daly is on a direct mission to save our soils, delivering a strong message to her ever-growing band of faithful "followers" about the importance of improved soil health and its direct relationship to the food we eat and the mitigation of climate change.
In 2001 Rhonda's passion for the soil began as a death-bed epiphany, after a seven-week illness, she was diagnosed with chronic spinal meningitis and encephalitis (caused by arsenical sheep dip as a child.) Doctors didn't expect Rhonda to live.
"I was lying in bed waiting for the doctor when I heard a voice," she says. "It told me that I had to heal the soil and help others." This was the turning point of Rhonda's life.
"Often the darkest hour in our life is about change for the better," Rhonda said.
Often the darkest hour in our life is about change for the betterYLAD Living Soils founder Rhonda Daly
"Listening to that voice and following it, all those years ago was the best thing I've ever done."
Growing up as a farmer's daughter Rhonda was one of the Australian women who married into a farming family and supported her husband, Bill run the farm. It was not until 1994 that Australian women were legally recognised as farmers.
After Rhonda's epiphany this was all about to change, stepping out from behind her husband to found YLAD Living Soils in 2002.
Twenty years on Rhonda is still on a crusade to bring improved soil and human health solutions to the global environmental stage as well as helping others make the paradigm shift to more natural farming systems.
Starting YLAD Living Soils in 2002 took courage to go against influential authorities, conventional farmers and pave the way for what has now become accepted and recognised as how we can improve our soils.
Rhonda is respected and admired for her vast agronomic knowledge of soil, plant, root interactions and has assisted farmers worldwide in returning their soil to a breathing living ecosystem.
A certified humus compost consultant, Rhonda has set up more than 50 humus composting operations throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as bringing humus compost extraction units to Australia where farmers can produce their own liquid compost tea on farm.
A natural leader with determination, Rhonda is driven to continue her journey to use their farm Milgadara as a model farm, now with a registered soil carbon project in place.