Healthy soils are the foundation for healthy pastures and, in turn, healthy livestock. But how can you improve the health of your soils?
Landholders in our region will have the opportunity to explore soil health through a series of workshops and hands-on projects.
As part of the ‘Digging Deeper into Watershed Soils’ project, Watershed Landcare are looking for 3 sites in our region to host workshops and conduct on-ground works on their properties focusing on soil health.
The project, which is made possible through funding from Landcare Australia and the Jaramas Foundation, aims to improve landholders knowledge of aspects that influence their soil; including soil chemistry, biology, hydrology, botany as well as local knowledge.
A series of workshops will be held across our region linking with the on-ground activity sites. The workshops will explore soil health further with a focus on:
- soil health issues within our region;
- soil biology, soil water and soil acidity;
- adapting management decisions as a result of understanding the landscape; and
- improving soil health.
The first workshop in the series, focusing on pasture establishment and management, will feature Robert Freebairn and will be held later this month.
The remaining workshops will be tailored to the individual project sites, giving the participating landholders an opportunity to work with the experts engaged to discuss their proposed on-ground works, determine the best management options and address the issues at the project site.
Participating landholders will also receive a free soil test.
Watershed Landcare is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from interested landholders to host workshops on their property and receive funding to assist with on-ground works to improve soil health on the land they manage.
On-ground works eligible for funding include erosion control work, works to improve hydrology, compost or compost tea applications, pasture cropping, increasing nitrogen-fixing plant composition of pasture or any other innovative and creative ideas that meet the project objectives.
Individual landholders will be able to apply for up to $750 in funding and will be required to provide a 25% in-kind contribution (labour or materials) to the project.
For further information contact our Coordinator, Claudia Wythes, during business hours on 0412 011 064 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported by Watershed Landcare through funding from Landcare Australia and the Jaramas Foundation and is part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.