eNews 16 March 2018

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Landchat 112 out now!

Landchat112IMAGELandchat showcases the achievements of our members and their organisation. Members receive their full colour hard-copy in their letter box to read at their leisure. Download your copy of Landchat 112 Oct17-Mar18 now or scroll down for previous editions!

Chris Duncan Awarded John Winter-Irving Bequest

ChrisDuncanSmallLocal Arding Landcare Group member, Chris Duncan, has been recognised as the 2017 recipient of the John-Winter Irving Bequest.

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Trees on Small Farms update

TOSFSmallThe Trees on Small Farms project is well underway with unprecedented interest and participation!

SNELandcare Coordinator, Karen Zirkler said, “Thirty-four participants attended the planning workshop in September 2017, where they heard from guest speakers, and planned their tree projects on maps kindly provided by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.”

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Woodland Birds Show the Way for Habitat on Farms

GreyFantailInSightEcologySmallEstablishing habitat that allows threatened and declining woodland birds to forage, shelter and reproduce across landscapes used for primary production, was the focus of the Bush for Birds afternoon at Hariet Gully near Kelly’s Plains recently.

Ruth Trémont, from Southern New England Landcare said, “A bus tour of local properties showcasing tree and shrub plantings, gave participants opportunities to hear and see how individual landholders had tackled revegetation on their properties.”

“Hariet Gully is central to a 20 km-wide gap in habitat that extends from Invergowrie in the west to Dangars Gorge in the east.

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Communities commit to long term pest control

WildDogVideoImageAerial baiting programs, targeting wild dogs, are being launched across NSW during the next few months in a community-wide, co-ordinated bid to reduce attacks on livestock and protect native fauna.

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Coming events

Season for Soil | Dr Maarten Stapper

Season for Soil

Dr Maarten Stapper has found regenerative farming the most sustainable for producers, consumers and landscapes. Such farming improves soils with low external input and flexible management based on planning and observation.

Maarten will be with us for a series of events in and around Armidale from 10-12 April. Download the flier here.

Dr Stapper a farming systems agronomist with 40 years’ experience on four continents and a former senior scientist with CSIRO who was awarded a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Employing a holistic approach, he is an expert across a wide spectrum of agricultural areas in research, development and extension.

Regenerative Ag for the Next Generation

RegenAg flierThis event targets secondary school students from across the New England and will showcase regenerative agriculture at Armidale High School and New England Girls School on 10th April. Download the flier here.

Farming with AgroEcology | David Hardwick

FarmingWithAgroecologySmallSouthern New England Landcare will host Soil Land Food's David Hardwick to run 4 days of ecological whole farm planning with an innovation focus. Save the dates: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April and Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May. 

The program integrates whole farm planning with a range of innovations including planned grazing, agroforestry, BEHAVE (animal behaviour and diet diversity concepts), innovative farm planning, diversity cropping (multispecies cover cropping, pasture cropping, no-kill farming), biofertilisers, innovative erosion techniques and more.

The program introduces participants to a wide range of innovations and will be delivered by Bruce Maynard and David Hardwick with some assistance on Day 4 from Kristy Youman. Project activites will include indoor and outdoor sessions on local properties and attract a broad range of pariticpants from around the Southern New England.

Download the flier pdf here. To register, please contact mail@snelandcare.org.au or call 02 6772 9123.

Balancing Nutrients for Good Nutrition | Peter Norwood | Kentucky & Guyra

PeterNorwoodEventAre you (or your livestock) thriving nutritionally? What are the signs & symptoms? Do you need to break through animal health and production barriers?

Rural Women Shining in Regional Businesses

RuralWomenAgNChatGwymac Landcare will host this exciting event in Inverell on 23rd March. RSVP is TODAY so be quick to book your seat!

Public Meeting on Armidale Creeklands

Armidale Regional Council has engaged consultants to help develop a Master Plan for the Armidale Creeklands. Visions for Armidale Creeklands Inc. is a new group that has formed and they are inviting one and all to a Public Meeting to launch the group and promote interest and support fo the Master Plan.

Event: Public meeting and launch of Visions for Armidale Creeklands Inc
When: 4.00 to 5.30 pm on Saturday March 24, 2018
Venue: Two Goats and a Baa cafe, 85 Marsh St, Armidale NSW 2350

Download the flier for details.

Biodynamic Field Day for Pasture Improvement and Holistic Grazing

RichardMakimCome along and meet Richard Makim whose family has been on the land for at least six generations.

When: 10 am to 3 pm Sunday 8th April 2018.
Where: 110 Simmons Road, Armidale, NSW
Cost: Free and includes morning tea. Please register for catering purposes on 02 6655 0566 or bdoffice@biodynamics.net.au

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Science in the Club - The Power of Plants

SitC PowerPlantsFrom Indigenous medicine to modern agriculture, plants are at the root of our very survival. Learn about where traditional knowledge and science meet to harness the tasty, toxic and therapeutic powers of plants!

Wednesday 11th of April 6:30 for a 7pm start. Upstairs at The Wicklow Hotel, Cnr Marsh & Dumaresq Sts. Come and join us for a night of science talks, trivia and free finger food!

Certificate in Nutrient Farming by Graeme Sait?

GraemeSaitImageNorthern Slopes Landcare at Bingara are considering running a subsidised, 4-day “Certificate in Nutrient Farming” Course by Graeme Sait in May 2018, and wish to guage interest. The course would normally cost $795 to attend in Queensland, but with subsidies, they may be able to bring the cost down to around $250 per person. If you are interested, please contact Shelley McDouall, Coordinator, Northern Slopes Landcare on 02 6724 2002.


Do you get soltactiphoria?

A group in the USA set out to find a word to describe the euphoria farmers get from soil. Here's what they found... https://youtu.be/DxhH_6Ei2_g 

New website supports farmers

Here is a great new resource https://www.ifarmwell.com.au/about-this-website/for-farmers/

The site's mission is to equip farmers with new tools that reduce the negative impact that stressful situations have on their lives, so they have more time and energy to focus on the things that make them happy.


Environment Small Grants for groups

The Australian Government is investing up to $5 million in small grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 to community, environment and other groups to deliver natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment. The program aims to provide access to funding for projects that address the following National Landcare Program environment objective: to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.

Applications close 19th March. More information at http://www.nrm.gov.au/national-landcare-program/environment-small-grants. Why not call our office and let us help your group get organised to apply!

Restoration & rehabilitation grants

The NSW Environmental Trust is now inviting applications to the 2018 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program. Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available. Applications close 3pm Monday 26 March 2018. See http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/envtrust.htm for more information. If your group would like to submit an application, please contact our office on 0267729123 to find out how and get some help.

FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities

frrr logo1Closing 28th March 2018: Grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in small rural, regional and remote Australian communities to support projects that focus on one of the following activity areas:

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