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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, including photos and field day notes.

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 Carmen Barnacles’ property

Healthy Soils, Nutritional Food, Healthy People – a forum held at Inverloch on November 17, 2017

Controlling Azolla on Dams through Nutrient Reduction field day at Torwood

A financial comparison of agroforestry vs traditional grazing in steep country field day Torwood

Link to the series of case studies of projects and trials that have been held across the Westernport catchment are here.  This list will include our trials when they have been written and approved

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

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

                 

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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 Lyall, 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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