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Landcare Links April 2021

Welcome to April 2021 edition of Landcare Links and National Earth Day on 22nd April. 

W. Joe Lewis, Professor, researcher and author, highlighted what Earth Day meant for him, "Our disconnect from nature - her beauty, her power, her amazing ability to give - is, more than anything, the greatest threat to our survival. Earth Day is a critical tool in rebuilding that vital connection."

Earth Day was originally founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 which began as a day of education about environmental issues to bring them into the national spotlight. This year the Biden Administration decided to convene a global climate summit highlighting the pressures on the world's natural systems on Earth Day (week).

Whilst Earth Day nationally is one day to highlight the finite resources of the Earth, farmers around the globe recognise the importance of valuing and working with our natural assets. There are some great field days and workshops outlined below highlighting how people are working with and learning about nature. Look forward to seeing you at an event coming up.

Warm regards, Kerstie

Kerstie Lee
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Phone: 0437 310 840
Email: kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au

 

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and emerging.

 

Funding Partners

Landcare funding partners

News & Events

For all in-person events, please don't attend if you are feeling unwell or are waiting for Covid results. 

 

Nature@Work - Farming with Benefits Field Day

On Friday 7th May, 9.30am-12.00pm, Australian National University and a soil scientist will be at Matt's farm in Devenish. Walk and talk with a 5th generation farmer to hear how he is working with nature to increase diversity into his cropping farm enterprise.

Register here or contact Kerstie 0437 310 840  kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au for further details

 

Hillslope Erosion Farm Walk -  Strath Creek

On Thursday 29th April, 9am-12pm, Kerri Goschnick from Ag Vic will be facilitating a discussion on: techniques for managing gullies; options for managing steep hills and more.

Register here or contact Rhiannon Sanford from the GB CMA on rhiannons@gbcma.vic.gov.au 

Acid soils, pastures, moisture probes and deep core soil sampling

On Friday 7th May, 10am-12pm Strathbogie SoilCare members are sharing what they have learnt from their trial site over the past 5 years. Damien Gerrans will be presenting information in the afternoon from 12.30pm-2.00pm on the soil moisture meter and its use.

For more information and booking contact Karen Brisbane on 0409 955 396 or karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au 

Energy Efficiency on Dairy Farms

On Tuesday 4th May, 12pm-1pm online, Agriculture Victoria is hosting a webinar exploring energy options on dairy farms - from understanding electricity bills, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

 

Register or join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/3ag9NwW 

Webinar 5: Securing your future water needs

On Thursday 29th April, 1-2pm Agriculture Victoria is  discussing how to harness carryover and other water products online. Phil Grahame from Ruralco Water and Andrew Shields from Goulburn-Murray Water will be guest speakers.

Register here or contact Rob O'Connor (Ag Vic) for more information on 0408 515 652 

Fungi Festivals - Bioluminescence

On Friday 21st May, 6pm-9pm at in Kirkland Ave, Euroa, there will be a FREE outdoor digital projection event streaming across buildings in Binney St. Bioluminescence celebrates the importance of Fungi in healthy ecosystems.

Visit here for further information.

Spiders by Ron Litjens

On Friday 11th June from 7.30pm, Yea River Catchment Landcare Group is presenting the 3rd in the Litjens Lecture Series. The event will begin at the Butter Factory, 13 Rattray St, Yea. A light supper will be provided.

Cost: YRCL members $5; non-members $10

RSVP: Judy Brookes 0448973564 or juncball@bigpond.com 

 

 Research Results Workshop with ANU - Wangaratta

On Friday June 4th, 9.15am-3.00pm at the Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, ANU Sustainable Farms team will discuss the latest research in natural asset management on farms.

Click here for registration and further information or contact Amber Croft amber.croft@anu.edu.au 

Young Farmers Scholarships open for applications

Agriculture Victoria is offering Upskill and Invest - Young Farmers Scholarships. Each scholarship recipient is eligible to receive up to $5000 for training and study, followed by $5000 to put their new skills into practice.

You need to be aged 35 or younger and have at least two years' on-farm experience. 

Click here to find out more.

For further information or to order a hard copy of the newsletter please contact:

Goulburn Broken CMA
168 Welsford Street (PO Box 1752)
Shepparton, Victoria 3630

Phone: 03 5822 7700
Email: reception@gbcma.vic.gov.au
Website: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au