Sustainable farming

Demonstrating Sustainable Farming Practices in the Westernport Catchment

This is a large 5 year sustainable agriculture focused project running from July 2013 to June 2018. The project is working with landholders from multiple enterprise types throughout the Western Port, Mornington Peninsula, South Gippsland, Bass Coast & parts of the Yarra Catchment to promote Sustainable Farming Practices. This project aims to increase the understanding and uptake of innovative farming practices to improve farmers productivity and our natural resources. Innovative tools such as iFarm, demonstration sites, remote sensing & surveys have been introduced to engage and assist landholders to implement sustainable agriculture practices. Discussion groups and farm tours to other regions are also facilitated to challenge and inspire. Demonstration sites to showcase innovative and sustainable farming methods are located throughout the region, with the results communicated through open farms, discussion groups, case studies and field days. Project partners are Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, Bass Coast Landcare Network, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsular Shire Council, AgVic, Melbourne Water, GippsDairy, Port Phillip and Westenport CMA.

SGLN has contributed by running a number of events for this project during 2017. Here are the links to the field days and events.

Manuka Honey and Leptospermum in South Gippsland field day

‘A day on the farm’ at Prom Country Cheese

iFarm course

SoilKee demonstration field day at Ron and Carman Barnacles’ property

Coming soon

Monitoring Red Azolla on Dams through Nutrient Reduction field day at Torwood

Trial different management treatments to mitigate tunnel erosion on a sheep property at Bena – field day to discuss results

Comparing economics of agroforestry vs traditional grazing in steep country – a field day to discuss the results at Torwood

 

Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and PPWCMA