Small landholders were out in force at a recent GeoCatch Heavenly Hectares workshop in Busselton. More than 55 locals came along to find out the latest information to manage soil degradation, wind-breaking, fire and drought-proofing, pasture management and weeds.
Rural property expert and author, Chris Ferreira, talked about the challenges of small property management. He addressed local issues, such as farming on sandy soils, and provided helpful tips delivered in a fun, friendly atmosphere.
GeoCatch’s Lisa Massey said that landholders learnt tips for improving soil health and adopting low-nutrient practices.
“Traditional NPK fertilisers can be replaced with slow release products and organic material added to transform sandy soils and support essential soil microbes,” she said.
“Healthy soil means healthy pastures, healthy animals and healthy food.”
Property owner, Jenny Keun, said she was going to do a few things differently on her property after attending the workshop including “developing a strategy for reducing fuel loads and improving fire safety.”
Clayton Hyder recognised that aspects of his property may need more intense intervention, rather than leaving them to nature.
“I need to redesign my different vegetated areas for particular purposes; and improve my soil,” he said.
The event was hosted through GeoCatch’s Bay OK project, which is part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program supported by the State Government to improve water quality, waterway health and management of Geographe waterways.
This was the last GeoCatch community event for the foreseeable future as we adapt to new social distancing standards. We will to continue to engage the community through various online and digital formats.