DID you know that a teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are humans on earth, with tens of thousands of microbial species?
By looking after and enhancing soil biology, farmers can improve the health and quality of plants and grazing animals, and store carbon.
Come to a free presentation to learn how you can do this on your property.
The South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) is delivering a free information session on Soil Biology at the Dakers Centre, 23 Smith Street, Leongatha, on Sunday, October 20, from 1pm-3pm.
Keynote speaker is expert soil microbiologist, Dr Mary Cole, who has over 40 years of experience with biological farming, university lecturing and running a microbiology laboratory. Mary will introduce participants to the amazing world of soil biology, including fungi, bacteria, macro and microfauna, and the soil food web.
Dr Cole will cover why soil biology is important and how it can help farmers grow healthier grass, produce and livestock. She’ll explain what
farmers can do to enhance their soil biology and get natural processes working on their farms.
The South Gippsland Landcare Network will be launching their new Enhancing Soil Biology project. This project will run for the next two years across South Gippsland and will deliver three forums and four on-farm field days on soil biology.
Thirty participating farmers will receive further training and will set up demonstration sites on their farms trialling three treatments to enhance soil biology: aeration, seaweed and mycorrhizal fungi. After the project, they will share the results with their Landcare groups and farming networks.
Participants will hear how the project will run and how they can get involved.
Afternoon tea will be provided. While this event is free, RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, October 16, at https://soilbiology.eventbrite.com.au.
This project is supported by South Gippsland Landcare Network, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.