Have you, like us, ever considered how important the land actually is to us? How vital its proper management and continuing health are to our well being and economy?
Community based organic food trial commences on Phillip Island. Round 3 of the project is open with Expressions of Interest closing on April 30th 2015.
The innovative horticultural trial will be using Class A recycled water and will be managed utilising no-dig and permaculture design principles. The intention of the trial is to provide the community with a demonstration that profiles organic horticulture. A number of educational and social enterprise opportunities will also be coordinated as part of the trial with the aim of increasing knowledge, awareness and participation in local food system projects. Download the PICO Food Trial flyer for more details.
A series of 6 sessions starts March 13th 2015
Landholders are invited to a new series of 6 field days, ‘Solutions on Farm – Farm Plan 21: Adapting to future challenges’ starting March 13th and running until May this year in Bass Coast. Explore innovative solutions to Farm Management with expert speakers from government and private enterprise. Topics include, Soil, Water, Pastures, Pest plants and animal management, Innovations on Farm, Farm layout and Vegetation management. This series is designed with a mix of theory, discussion and farm visits to local properties to look at local solutions to help you gain ideas for farm management that help to increase productivity and get the most from your farm.
Learn plant identification, seed collection and propagation skills
Have you ever wondered how plants you get from the nursery for your planting projects have been grown?
Come along to a free workshop series in 2015 to learn basic plant identification, seed collection and propagation skills with help from Barb Martin Bushbank Community Nursery and Phillip Island Landcare Group staff.
Download the full two page Bushbank Workshop flyer with information on the series and a timetable of dates for the year.
11 years ago Jon & Marg planted 12 hectares of native trees. A year later they planted 25 hectares of commercial plantation timber. Now 10 years on they have a forest with its own microclimate which attracts a variety of native animals and birds. It is a great example of good land stewardship and the perfect environment for a farm walk.
There are many soil amendments available on the market for farmers. But how do you know which one is fit for purpose? What rate is required and what about timing and cost? Come along to this field day to hear more about the selection and effective use of various soil amendment products
Are you a farmer who has a great idea relating to sustainable agriculture & would like to test your idea to see if it actually works? Have you ever wished that funding was available to trial something that you think has great benefit to the farming industry? This is your opportunity! The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network can assist farmers to establish demonstration sites on up to 40 farms within the Western Port or Yarra catchments to showcase sustainable farming practices. If you are interested, please read our FAQ fact sheet and EOI forms.