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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South Gippsland Landcare Network

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. 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.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Future Drought Fund

Eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs will be established in Australia’s major climatic and agricultural zones across regional Australia. Hubs will be networks of researchers, primary producers, industry groups, community groups and others.

Although this program is focussed primarily on researchers, it is important that Landcare be recognised as an important pathway for adoption. Landcare Victoria has commenced discussion with a research group with this in mind. Groups interested in a possible future role should contact SGLN to discuss their ideas.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Landcare Farming launches My Landcare Legacy campaign

Celebrating National Agriculture Day on November 20, Landcare Australia, in partnership with the National Landcare Network (NLN), have launched a national Landcare Farming campaign ‘My Landcare Legacy’ to engage primary producers to share their Landcare stewardship story.

Landcare means different things to different people. At its very roots, Landcare is about people coming together and caring for the land to preserve our natural resources and biodiversity for generations to come. Over the next year the Landcare network is looking to explore farming stewardship stories and experiences, and are inviting other farmers and their industry to participate.

The ‘My Landcare Legacy’ campaign is the first step in building broader recognition of Landcarers who have been developing and supporting adoption of improved practices in Australian agriculture for over 30 years.

Landcare Farming Program Manager Mick Taylor says that “Landcarers have an opportunity to share what drives their passion for good farming practices and environmental stewardship in their business. By simply recording a video, Australian producers and land managers can share with the community why they are passionate about being good stewards of their land – and their vision for our farming future.”

Standout producers, networks and their Landcare projects will be identified during the campaign with Awards presented for best video, rising star award, best actor, longest distance a kit has travelled.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Be the best board member you can be!

Discounted group booking for webinar on 2 February, 12.45pm

Whether you’re a new board member or you’ve been doing it for a while, there’s always more to learn. What’s the role of the board? What are your key responsibilities? When could you be legally responsible if things go wrong and what protections are available?

JusticeConnect is offering this course for NFPs. Several SGLN Board members are attending. Contact Jillian if you are interested: maximum cost will be $25 per participant.

The course will cover:

The main legal duties of board members
The standards the law sets for decision-making as board members
The importance of your organisation’s legal status, rules and legal purpose
Other key legal issues to consider as a board member

You’ll also get:

An opportunity to ask questions
A copy of webinar recording (available for 30 days)
Information on further resources and support

To register email Jillian at

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