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Your Soils - Your Future

Image of soil, plant and handsThe new North Coast Local Land Services project Understanding Our Soils is starting soon.  Delivered by Judi Earl and Lewis Kahn of AIMS, with funding provided by the National Landcare Programme, the project is designed to help land managers better understand their soil and provide options for improving soil health and productivity.

Judi Earl said of the project, “AIMS main area of interest is working with land managers to enhance the condition and productivity of their land through better understanding ecosystem function and more effective utilisation of available resources.”

The project will provide

  • discounted soil tests and interpretation of results
  • understanding of the importance of soil biology and how to improve it
  • management options to improve soil structure and water holding capacity
  • methods to monitor soil health and productivity
  • opportunity to work in a group environment to address locally specific issues

Aside from costs associated with soil testing there is no fee to participate.

The project is for land managers in the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed who are looking to improve their land health and productivity with a strategic approach to soil management.

The first group sessions will be held at the following times and venues

Wednesday 3 February at 1.00 pm in Casino
Wednesday 10 February at 1.00 pm in Alstonville
Thursday 11 February at 9.00 am in Murwillumbah

There are a limited number of spaces available.  Don’t miss the opportunity to come along to one of the meetings listed above to find out more about the program.  Topics to be covered at these first sessions include why healthy soil is the basis of healthy landscapes and agricultural production, the purpose of soil testing and appropriate methods to collect soil samples for analysis.

Throughout the program participants will learn more about the features of their soils and soils of the region, including physical, chemical and biological characteristics.  Practices to enhance all aspects of soil health, maximise water holding capacity and improve the resilience of your land will also be addressed.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer for North Coast Local Land Services said, “Increasing your knowledge on soils and soil management will help deliver better outcomes relating to soil properties and increase productivity and profitability.”

For more information about the project and meeting venues, interested landholders are encouraged to contact Judi Earl by email to judi@aimsag.com.au or by phone 0409 151 969.

Media contact:

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer, Phone 6623 3927

Photo caption:

The health of your soil – it’s in your hands