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Soil health workshops

North Coast Local Land Services has continued to share the benefits of good soil health with Soil Health Workshops held in the Hastings, Nambucca and Dorrigo area. The workshops were designed to provide landholders with the skills to assess their soil health and increase their knowledge on best management practices to support their agricultural production systems.

The workshops were presented by David Hardwick an Agricultural Ecologist from Soil Land Food and involved several guest speakers covering a range of soil health topics, displays and out in the field hands on assessment.

Selina Miller, Land Services Officer said, “Although we ran these three workshops with a similar focus and agenda, we recognise the importance of tailoring the presentations to specific local issues as well.”

In the Hastings event held at Pembrooke, several beef producers and graziers assessed soil health and physical properties. Neil Griffiths a technical specialist in pasture production from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tocal presented on best management practices for poultry manure as a fertiliser.

At Utungun in the Nambucca area landholders heard from Cathy Eggert on the benefits of dung beetles and Jeremy Bradley discussed and demonstrated soil field sampling methodology.

In Dorrigo landholders got hands on assessing soil biology and how to best manage it. There were compost displays with demonstration on how to assess compost and its quality, how to use it the benefits and process involved to make your own. This workshop was held in partnership with Bellinger Landcare and part-funded from Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare through funding from the Federal Government Small Grants for Sustainable Agriculture.

Selina continued “Across the three areas there was a great deal of interest from landholders because our workshops are very interactive and hands on”.

This project is supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action New South Wales.  The Dorrigo workshop was held in partnership with Coffs Harbour and Bellinger Landcare, through funding from the Federal Government Small Grants for Sustainable Agriculture.

If you are interested in participating in future workshops you can contact your nearest North Coast Local Land Services office, visit the website or subscribe to receive monthly e-newsletters by email.

Media contact:

Selina Miller, Land Services Officer, Phone 6604 1112

Photo captions:

Soil Workshop participants learning about soil.