Our next Sunday working bee is aimed at final preparation for this years Trees For Mum planting day. Trees For Mum is held on mothers day (the 14th of May) and this years site is near Lake Earnshaw. We will be spreading some wood chips and laying out and pegging down some rolls of slotted jute matting. There is also some cutting and poisoning of woody weeds nearby.
- When: Sunday 23 April 2017
- Time: 9am till 12 noon
- Where: Lake Earnshaw near Gilbert Gordon Oval
- Parking: creek side of the grandstand at Gilbert Gordon oval
- Bring: gloves, gumboots, secateurs, suitable old clothing. Tool trailer on site.
- Morning tea provided!
Newcomers are most welcome – there will be engaging jobs for all ages at this working bee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5427 2312 for further details and to RSVP.
Land management information session
- Land use & land capability
- Livestock management & animal welfare
- Grazing management & pastures
- Controlling weeds & pest animals
- Revegetation & biodiversity
- Landholder responsibilities
- Waterway health & farm water supplies
Learn how to design a low-input (in terms of labour and capital) rural property while improving its environmental, biodiversity and aesthetic values.
- Patrick Francis (‘Moffitts Farm’, Romsey), has a wealth of experience in agriculture and runs a highly successful small farming enterprise near Romsey.
- Michelle Patrick (Environmental Planner, Macedon Ranges Shire), has a wide knowledge of weeds, pests, and biodiversity in the Macedon Ranges.
- Tori Vincent (Rural Land Program, Melbourne Water), has a thorough knowledge of waterway management and farm water supplies.
- Grant Godden (Landcare Facilitator), has a history working with Landcare groups and experience in land management.
- Melissa Connors (This Farm Needs a Farmer), recently launched a farmer mentoring program for new landholders and has a hobby farm at Kyneton.
- Bob Nixon (Gisborne Peak Winery), will share his knowledge on running a ‘boutique’ farming enterprise.
- John Robinson (Chair, Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network), has a 40 hectare property at Bylands and has been involved in Landcare for almost 30 years.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the panel discussion at the end of the information session.