This free community workshop focused on the links between Healthy Soil – Nutritional Food – Healthy People, along with presentations focusing on the importance of producing and eating high quality food, which is sustainably produced with a minimum impact on the environment.

The forum workshop notes can be found here

Bibliography and useful links from the workshop

How your Gut Flora Influences our Health

Marieke Rodenstein, Dietitian and Nutritionist. The Nutrition Practice, Sassafras Vic 3787,

Healthy Soils: Foundation for Health of Humans and Planet Earth

Dr Maarten Stapper FAIAST, Agricultural Scientist and Farming Systems Agronomist BioLogic AgFood, Weston Creek ACT 2611,

Gut by Giulia Enders (2016), Scribe Publications (272p). In Gut, Giulia Enders reveals the latest science on how much our digestive system has to offer

Gut Microbiota for Health. Launched in 2012 by the Gut Microbiota and Health section of the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

Healthy guts are swarming with bugs, so what do they do?:

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism: Evidence is mounting that intestinal microbes exacerbate or perhaps even cause some of autism’s symptoms:

Antibiotic overuse might be why so many people have allergies:

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (2006), Penguin Press (450p).

Good Health in the 21 st Century by Dr Carole Hungerford (2008), Scribe Melbourne (532p). The GP who asked questions about causes of problems seen in her practice.

Healthy Soils for Healthy Quality Food: Producing the real ‘Clean & Green’ Dr Maarten Stapper’s closing address of the 2015 National Biological Farming Conference:

A systematic literature review and meta-analyses by Marcin Baranski et al. (2014) British Journal of Nutrition 112: 794-811. Higher antioxidant (+50%) and lower cadmium concentrations, and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops.

Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems by Reganold et al. (2010).

Feature in the CSIRO Sustainability Network Update No.61E, 2006 – With 30 years of experience as agricultural scientist on four continents Dr Stapper describes the problems in modern farming and its separation from the landscape or ecosystem (with reference list)

Farming Secrets reveals the steps to Biological Farming and helps you build healthy soils:

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The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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FREE Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers’ Webinar

The 2020 National Landcare Conference would usually be happening around this time, unfortunately due to the current situation to conference could not go ahead. Landcare has instead put together a series of National Landcare Conference webinars for you to enjoy!

The first in the series is happening next week, on Thursday October 1st at 2pm.

Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers will be presented by Kim Boswell, whose volunteer recruitment framework has been used to recruit thousands of Landcare volunteers in Victoria.

Jam-packed with hot tips and fresh ideas, Kim will present a step-by-step ‘5A method’, that supports groups to recruit and retain perfectly matched and energised volunteers, and fill committee positions.

Kim will also chat about utilising volunteers in a post-Covid world, and will tell you how you can access her insightful and effective online volunteer recruitment course for free.

For more information or to register for this free webinar visit
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Monash University is publishing Australia's first climate column in community newspapers across Australia, where they discuss local climate trends and break down the science of climate change.

In their columns, they feature a range of community voices who talk about their experience of climate change and what it means for them. They are trying to collect contributions from residents, volunteers and various groups they feel have a unique perspective.

If you are interested in contributing your voice, they have a short 5 minute survey you can complete by clicking this link:
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“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” ~ Mark Angelo

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