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Spring Field Day focus on 'how to' diversify farmland

Walks & talks: The Lower Blackwood Landcare District Committee will host the 2020 Spring Field Day on Thursday October 1. Photo: Supplied.
Walks & talks: The Lower Blackwood Landcare District Committee will host the 2020 Spring Field Day on Thursday October 1. Photo: Supplied.

The 2020 Lower Blackwood Spring Field Day will focus on biodiversity on farms and vineyards across the South West.

Presented by the Lower Blackwood Landcare District Committee (LCDC) on Thursday October 1, the 'Farming for Biodiversity' themed day promises to be a jam-packed event full of 'take back to the farm' information, knowledge and skills focusing on the 'how to' of getting more biodiversity onto farms in the region.

The LCDC's Jo Wren explained why the issue was of such importance.

"There is a growing interest and awareness among farmers of the benefits of soil and pasture biodiversity," Ms Wren said.

"In the words of internationally renowned and respected ground cover and soils specialist, Dr. Christine Jones, 'the greater the diversity of plants, the greater the diversity of microbes and the more robust the soil ecosystem'."

It doesn't matter what kind of farmer or producer you are - at the end of the Field Day, you'll be taking away with you real and practical skills and knowledge to help you build your farm's biodiversity.

Jo Wren

Talks, practical demonstrations and field walks looking at primers for soil health, biodiversity with multi species plant mixes, seed inoculation, seeding and using bio stimulants are all part of the day with participants learning a range of tips and tricks to try out on their own properties.

"It doesn't matter what kind of farmer or producer you are - at the end of the Field Day, you'll be taking away with you real and practical skills and knowledge to help you build your farm's biodiversity," said Ms Wren, adding a gentle warning to participants.

"And you might get your hands dirty!"

The Spring Field Day event will also include a gourmet barbecue lunch, and the day will finish with a sundowner at a local vineyard with the chance to network and enjoy the spring weather.

Find out more

Tickets for the Lower Blackwood Spring Field Day are $50. For more info or to book, visit the LCDC's website at lowerblackwood.com.au/new-events or contact Communication Officer Kate Tarrant on 0409 203 056 or kate.tarrant@lowerblackwood.com.au