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Dig deeper into erosion issues

Want to find out more about soil erosion issues, their causes and solutions? Join us on a Field Trip to local properties to look at some common cases in our region.

Watershed Landcare will be hosting two days of soil workshops as part of the ‘Digging Deeper into Watershed Soils’ project, on 11 and 12 May.

The workshops will be held on properties across the region, looking at issues common to the area and exploring how to implement solutions and improve the soil health on your own place.

Due to popular demand, Watershed Landcare has invited Agricultural Ecologist, David Hardwick, back to our region. David has been very well received at previous workshops he has held for Watershed Landcare. An entertaining presenter, he will help land managers dig a little deeper and look below the surface at their soil issues.

Lue Station will host a workshop on Thursday 11 May looking at an incised gully in a 3rd order stream. This poses a landscape scale problem with the surrounding floodplains draining quickly and becoming drier. David will explore solutions to rehydrate the landscape with participants and suggest methods on how to reduce the speed and volume of water runoff.

Participants will also have an opportunity to meet members of Bingman Landcare, find out what they do and how to get involved.

Two differing scenarios will be addressed at the workshop on Friday 12 May.

Our morning session will visit Matt and Emma Kurtz’s property where historical contour banking has been compromised resulting in a concentration of water, with sheet and channel erosion and scalding occurring as the water moves down-slope.

Then follow us out to the lovely Karrabool Olives on Botobolar Road where David Sargeant and Judy Rogers hope to reduce the runoff which is causing sheet and rill erosion through their olive grove. Here participants can get their hands dirty and learn how to construct small rock structures to slow and spread waterflow.

These are catered events so just bring yourself and some protective clothing (hats, boots, rain jacket) and water.

For more information visit our website: www.watershedlandcare.com.au/events and go to the May events.

The field days are free to attend but places are strictly limited. To register please contact Beth Greenfield, Digging Deeper into Watershed Soils project Coordinator, on 0438 090 525 or by email: info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

These events are supported by Watershed Landcare through funding from the Jaramas Foundation and Landcare Australia and are a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

Want to improve the health of your soils?

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: claudia.wythes@watershedlandcare.com.au.

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.

Pro Event Calendar

Mudgee Small Farm Field Days – Watershed Landcare Lectures and Workshops 2017

Information available all day –

Watershed Landcare Waterwise Garden (L9)

  • Learn about Landcare projects and field days as well as equipment for hire. Sign up and become a member!
  • Plant identification from your paddock/bushland – bring along a specimen to the Watershed Landcare botanist/grazier Christine McRae (bring a GOOD sample, including leaves/roots/stems/flowers/seeds if possible).
  • Waterwise Garden – come and see a beautiful display garden of waterwise and salt tolerant plants for the Mudgee district, including a native Microlaena lawn sample.
  • Locally grown native tube stock for sale.

 

  • Mudgee Bee Group display – Learn about keeping your own bees including the different types of hives. Members will be on-hand to answer your questions and share their experiences.

Workshops –

Watershed Landcare Waterwise Garden (L9)

 

Workshops
Friday 11am Saturday 2pm

Serrated Tussock and the Innocent Native Bystanders – learn how to identify key features which will help you to spot the difference with display plants at Watershed Landcare.

Christine McRae & Vivien Howard – Watershed Landcare

Friday 2pm

Saturday 11am

Native Bee Motel Workshop – Learn about our native pollinators and how to provide habitat for them in your backyard. Join Watershed Landcare for an active workshop building bee motels. Workshop numbers are limited so book in early at L9. If you can’t make the workshop, we will have information available for you to make a Bee Motel at home.

Liz Davis – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

 


Field Days Lecture Series

Speakers organised by Watershed Landcare

Straw Bale Lecture Room (L8)

FRIDAY

Time

Topic

Speaker

10.00am

How do I eat sustainably in the modern world? – Agro-ecologist David Hardwick will de-mystify the modern food system and show how your choices impact on the environment, farmers and your health.

David Hardwick – Soil Land Food

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers – Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes and Chris Nance – Traditional Timber Frames

1.30pm

For the love of pigs and good bacon – free ranging pigs on a small farm, the Power Pork story of paddock to plate.

Danielle Littlewood – Power Pork

3.00pm

Backyard Beekeeping – Keeping bees on a small scale is easy and something most people can do. Keeping bees is a rewarding pass time that helps the environment by providing pollination and as a bonus you get your own honey! Doug will walk through the types of hive, the basic equipment and the do and dont’s of backyard beekeeping.

Doug Purdie – The Urban Beehive

SATURDAY

10.00am

For the love of pigs and good bacon – free ranging pigs on a small farm, the Power Pork story of paddock to plate.

Danielle Littlewood – Power Pork

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers – Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes and Chris Nance – Traditional Timber Frames

1.30pm

Basics of stockmanshipBruce will show entertaining examples of how stockmanship can change animals, including weed eating and grazing management. Helping the animals, and you, have less stress.

Bruce Maynard – Stress Free Stockmanship

3.00pm

Regenerative Agriculture – Adon will cover water-harvesting methodology, minimal and controlled disturbance soil management for perennial, annual and animal systems, soil-food-web-structures and how all these factors interrelate and influence one another.

Adon Bender – Hazelcombe Farm