Ongoing Support and Grazing Groups
An important objective of the project was to establish and support new grazing groups. Project participants were linked with project staff, mentors and contributors to monitor progress and maintain contact throughout the duration of the project. Additional support was provided through farm walks, field days, training sessions and webinars.
Two new grazing groups formed as part of the project: Gulgong/Rylstone and Bathurst/Stuart Town (the Bathurst and Stuart Town groups were initially separate but have since decided to combine). Watershed Landcare’s existing Mudgee based Grazing Group was also engaged as part of the project. Following the initial workshops follow-up meetings were held on APG collaborators’ S2F trial sites.
The groups form a Community of Practice (CoP)
- Domain: A domain of knowledge creates common ground, inspires members to participate, guides their learning and gives meaning to their actions.
- Community: The notion of a community creates the social fabric for that learning. A strong community fosters interactions and encourages a willingness to share ideas.
- Practice: While the domain provides the general area of interest for the community, the practice is the specific focus around which the community develops, shares and maintains its core of knowledge.
The 2 newly established groups have already met once under their own impetus in late 2022, have planned meetings for 2023 and etablished a Facebook group to communicate. Members will continue to meet on an ongoing basis to give peer support, learn from each other and discuss ideas, successes and failures. The groups will be supported after the completion of the project.