MARDAN & Mirboo-North Landcare Group is hosting a series of unique one day courses for new and experienced farmers, covering ‘Hill Farms’, ‘Small Commercial Farms’ and ‘Lifestyle Farms’.
These are practical on-farm short days with experts discussing essential agricultural topics such as soil health, erosion, stock selection, water management, business models, home food production, combined with farm tours.
Phil Piper, president of Mardan & Mirboo North Landcare Group said all farmers can benefit from the series.
“As people move into our area, and perhaps on to a rural property for the first time, it can be challenging to learn the basics of farming.
“Even experienced farmers may need to learn new techniques for managing our erosion-prone hills.
“Our aim is to help our local farms become more productive and sustainable.”
Each workshop is focused on topics relevant to the unique farm type and has a keynote speaker who is a well-known specialist.
The courses are:
• ‘Hill Farms’, March 5: Keynote speaker, Major-General Michael Jeffery, National Advocate for Soil [Health], former Governor General of Australia and Chairman of Soils for Life; focusing on soil improvement, water management, erosion control and farm safety.
• ‘Small Commercial Farms’, March 19: Keynote speaker, Graeme Sait, international soil nutrition expert, founder/CEO Nutri-Tech Solutions; focusing on business planning for profit, farm-gate sales and soil nutrition.
• ‘Lifestyle Farms’, April 30: Keynote speaker, Tino Carnevale, from ABC’s Gardening Australia; focusing on small-scale livestock, fruit and vegetable raising and eco-houses.
The courses will be held on farms in the Mardan and Mirboo area.
The courses are funded by the Commonwealth Government. Entry is free, however numbers of participants are limited, and registration is mandatory.
Information and registration: www.sustainablefarmdays.org.au