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Productive Soils, Productive Farms – DONNYBROOK
August 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am - August 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm$50
Are you a farmer using more inputs and getting less production? Are you interested in how you can improve your soil health and your bottom line? If so, two workshops entitled Productive Soils, Productive Farms could be just what you’re looking for.
The South West Catchments Council (SWCC) has secured the services of internationally-acclaimed agroecologist and educator, Nicole Masters, to run a day and half workshop in Donnybrook and full day workshop in Katanning on August 29/30 and 31 respectively.
Participants will deepen their understanding of what drives plant health and performance, learn how to build farm resilience and build observational skills for assessing soil quality. The workshops will focus on soil biology and its influence on the soil’s physical and chemical properties. This will unltimately improve farmers’ bottom line.
“Nicole Masters is an extremely good educator and international soil consultant, and we’re very happy to have her in the South West to pass on her knowledge to our farmers,” Dr Mike Christensen, SWCC Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager said.
“Farmers are under considerable pressure to get more from their land. However, frequently they are using more inputs but getting less production.
“Understanding how soil biology works and how to get it working for you, is essential to improving and maintaining productivity. It will also buffer the effects of a changing climate,” Dr Christensen concluded.
Two local groups are supporting the events – the Donnybrook Orchard Improvement Group (DOIG) and Katanning Landcare.
“This workshop is an opportunity for farmers to take back the power and improve their soil while reducing the cost of inputs,” Chair of DOIG, Jason Jarvis, believes.
The Donnybrook event will have one day in the classroom and a half day in the field looking at soil and costs $50. The one-day Katanning workshop will spend time both in the classroom and in the paddock and the cost is $44.
Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment go to swccnrm.org.au to register.
This project is sponsored by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Government of Western Australia