Weeds are usually divided into environmental and agricultural weeds and many organic producers shy away from controlling their environmental weeds.
“Bellbowra” is an organic farm growing Pecan Nuts on 6 ha and 1 ha of Russian Garlic.
Dawn and Terry have been farming here since 2001 and while their farm is by no means free of weeds yet, they have made great progress in developing strategies for weed control in their production zones as well as in their riparian zone. They will share their experience during this workshop.
Our first General Meeting of 2018 will be held at 4pm on Wednesday 7th February at the Coffs Harbour Community Village at 22 Earl St. Our office is a little small to hold the meeting. We will have a guest speaker – a PhD student at the University of New England who has been carrying out research related to Landcare. All our members are invited to attend the meeting.
Eleven of our landcare sites are registered for Clean-up Australia Day. The starting times vary, so it is best to check the Clean-up Australia Day website for times and meeting points. Gloves and rubbish bags will be provided and its best to register. Bring your own hat and water and wear closed shoes.
Blueberry and other local crop growers and other interested people: This field day is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out more about your soil and how you can manage it to get the best results for your crops. The day will include talks around:
- A 1.5m deep soil pit that has been dug onsite to show local soil properties
- The importance of knowing the physical, chemical and biological properties of your soil
- The importance of soil testing/analysis
- How to improve soil health on your farm
- A tour of on site project works addressing creek erosion and nutrient run off
We are very lucky to have members of the Soil Knowledge Network attending the field day. They are retired soil specialists who will share their expertise and knowledge.
This a great event for Blueberry growers, who may be decommissioning their current blueberry crops and replanting, to attend and learn about how to rejuvenate their soils between crops.
Speakers: Soil Knowledge Network members
Simon Proust, Soil Conservation Consultant
Shaun Morris, Local Land Services
Mel Craig, Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare
This workshop will demonstrate how eroded foredunes on local beaches can be re-formed.
Peter Corlis, Senior Environmental Officer with the Soil Conservation Service will demonstrate how simple wind fences, constructed of low cost biodegradable materials, can trap sand blown by prevailing winds and restore the profile of the foredune.
Short (5-10 metre) lengths of hessian fencing will be erected in an east-west direction in areas with significant sand loss. It is important that human traffic be restricted while the dune is being restored, so temporary fencing will be erected around the wind fencing areas.
Peter Corlis has developed this method of dune restoration and is eager to share his expertise with others interested in the rehabilitation of our natural environment.
This hands-on demonstration day is partly funded through Coffs Harbour City Council’s Environmental Levy Program.
Wear appropriate clothing, covered shoes and a hat.
Water and snacks will be provided. BYO lunch or buy it at the shop across the road.
Meet at the beach carpark opposite the Sandy Beach shop
Please click on the link for Native Bee Workshop flyer
This Native Bee workshop is a component of the Orara River Rehabilitation Project. It will be presented by Tobias Smith a native bee researcher and educator. This introduction to native bee keeping and the benefits of your property will include:
- learn the biology of stingless bees and how to keep them
- learn the biodiversity benefits
- bring your hive along for splitting
Please follow link for Using bees for pollination April 2018 flier
As part of its Sustainable Agriculture program, North Coast Local Land Services is encouraging commercial Blueberry Growers and Apiarists providing pollination services to attend a one day accredited training course delivered through Tocal College of Agriculture.
The course will be delivered with both indoor and outdoor lessons. It will involve practical work with active bee hives.
First Choice Organics Co-operative (FCO) is an innovative organisation formed to provide a diverse range of wholesale quality organic produce with a local focus and regional access. To initiate the Co-operative’s presence in the region, First Choice Organics will be hosting an introductory event for producers, local chefs, organic food outlets and other buyers of organic produce at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Campus, D Block theatre on Tuesday, 17 April from 5.30 to 9.00 pm.
First Choice Organics will support the development of vibrant markets for growers and optimises grower productivity and capability whilst protecting natural resources.
International Organic research fellow and expert Professor Carlo Leifert, the newly appointed Director of the Centre for Organics Research at Southern Cross University and Director of the Stockbridge Technology Centre, Yorkshire, UK. will be presenting the latest international research into the key nutritional differences between organic and conventionally produced food. Carlo Leifert works not only in Australia but around the world. The market place for organic food in the mid north coast is in its infancy and this talk will encourage and support both farmers and buyers of organic products who often struggle to connect wholesaling organic products in the region.
Other speakers will cover – ‘Where we are in organics at the moment.’ and ‘Plant Protection and Soil Health’.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The award winning landcare group at Red Rock is particularly good at recording their achievements using photos as well as a site assessment tool which is easy to understand. This workshop will teach us how to accurately assess the condition of our worksite and to show how that condition changes with our efforts over time. This is very important when we want to convince our funding bodies that we are making a difference. We will meet at the Community Hall in Red Rock and then go out to a couple of the Landcare work sites to apply the tool ourselves. Bring a hat and your camera if you have one. This workshop is supported by the Coffs Harbour City Council Environmental Levy.