Past landholder events

Are weeds impacting your farm?

Monday 26 February 2018 - Hindmarsh Tiers, Fleurieu Peninsula

Participants learnt some of the key characteristic to help identify African Love Grass, an emerging weed in the region threatening agricultural productivity

Participants learnt some of the key characteristic to help identify African Love Grass, an emerging weed in the region threatening agricultural productivity.

‘The on-site demonstration was excellent!’

The ‘Are weeds impacting your farm?’ field day educated landholders on the top four agricultural weeds in the Victor Harbour region. The weeds were identified by the Victor Harbor Agribusiness Reference Group and included: Gorse, Blackberry, African Lovegrass, and Cape Tulip.

Twenty-four participants attended the day, which was hosted at a commercial dairy farm and included practical presentations, on-site demonstrations as well as a useful pack of tools that attendees can now use to take action.

The project was jointly funded through the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board levy, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the Australian Government Agricultural Productivity White Paper. The day was supported by the City of Victor Harbor and the Victor Harbor Agribusiness Reference Group.

Read more and see photos of the event.

Regenerative farming: our soil, our rain, our farming system

13 February 2018 - Waitpinga, Fleurieu Peninsula

Local farmers from the Fleurieu Peninsula came to a Natural Resources AMLR field day to learn how to improve soil health and productivity; how to manage pasture for improved stock and environmental health; and to explore any roadblocks towards developing a more regenerative farming system.

Participants heard from farm managers Corey and Karen Dugmore on the Burns family’s farm at Waitpinga. They shared their experiences to improve landscape health and productivity through regenerative farming techniques.

Local and interstate regenerative farming consultants and practitioners spoke about soil health.

Walter Jehne (Healthy Soils Australia) and Dick Richardson (Grazing Naturally) discussed how regenerative farming and soil health can lead to healthier and more productive pastures and can improve environmental and business prosperity.

Read more, see photos of the event and related videos.

This workshop was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the NRM levy and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Rural land management course

May-June 2018 - Myponga

8 week course participants looking at soil features on a Clarendon property. Photo L. Hyde

Course participants looking at soil features on a Clarendon property. Photo L. Hyde

Eight week rural land management courses are run in various locations across the region and target non-commercial and semi-commercial farmers.

At this Myponga course, across eight evening seminars, participants from 10 rural properties learnt about land classes, stocking rates, soil and pasture management, watercourse and dam management, pest animal and weed control, biodiversity, bushfire preparation and property planning.

The course included a farm walk and practical elements including soil pH testing, soil texture testing, weed ID and property planning.

This workshop was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Read more and see photos of the event.

Dung beetle seminar and field day

18 June 2018 - Charleston

Expert Bernard Doube discussing dung beetle habits Charleston. Photo L. Hyde

Expert Bernard Doube discussing dung beetle habits Charleston. Photo L. Hyde

Dung beetle expert, Dr Bernard Doube, delivered a presentation to 30 participants on dung beetle species in Australia and in the Mount Lofty Ranges. He described the benefits they have on soil and pasture quality, how to introduce dung beetles to a paddock, plus monitoring and management techniques. Following the presentation, participants went into the field with Bernard to get a closer look at some active dung beetles and gain an understanding of their habits.

This workshop was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Read more and see photos of the event.

Composting in vineyards

25 April 2018 - Marananga

The Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region and the SA branch of the Australian Organics Recycling Association teamed up with Nigel Blieschke of Torbreck Vintners, Peats Soils, PlatFarm and Farming Systems to deliver a seminar and site visit on the benefits of applying compost or mulch to soils on vineyards.

Presenters spoke to 33 grape growers about soil microbiology, soil carbon content, aerial soil mapping, and the benefits that compost and mulch can have on soil health, yield quality and consistency. Following the seminar, the group visited some sites at Torbreck, where Nigel explained his composting program and the positive changes he has seen in the quality of the fruit.

Participants of the AORA Compost In Vineyards site visit at Marananga. Photo L. Hyde  

Participants at the AORA Compost in Vineyards site visit at Marananga. Photo: Lucy Hyde

Viticulturist Nigel Blieschke discussing compost benefits at a site visit in Marananga. Photo L. Hyde

Viticulturist Nigel Blieschke discussing the benefits of compost at a site visit in Marananga. Photo: Lucy Hyde

This workshop was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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More information

The use of compost and mulch in vineyards, case study from Torbreck Vintners, Barossa Valley. 

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Bush blocks for beginners free workshop

Saturday 18 November 2017

Thanks! A great first start to our learnings.’

The bush blocks for beginners’ workshop introduced landholders to the basics of caring for their bushland. Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges’ District Ecologist Anthony Abley and Trees For Life’s Peter Watton spoke with 20 attendees about how to protect rare local species and restore degrading bush blocks. The workshop included a practical flora and fauna ID session and demonstrations of minimal disturbance weed management techniques.

Read more about the event.

This workshop was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the NRM Levy and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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'Digging deeper' soil biology forum

Wednesday 15 November 2017

‘Re-emphasised my need to move to cell grazing.’

Internationally renowned soil experts shared their knowledge with over 90 people at ‘Digging deeper’ soil biology forum, held at Mount Osmond Golf Club. Dr Christine Jones, Colin Seis and Graeme Hand provided data, evidence and real-life examples, enabling attendees to consider management changes to improve production and biological soil systems.  

Watch the videosread more about the event or view the image gallery.

This forum was funded by the Regional Landcare Facilitator Program through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and SA Murray-Darling Basin natural resources management boards.

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Garden of ghastly guests

Sunday 5 November 2017

Weeds were the hot topic of the day at the ‘Garden of ghastly guests’ stall at the Uraidla Sustainability Fair. Hundreds of people visited the stall which highlighted priority garden escapees in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and focussed on seven environmental weeds, including Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) and Furze Muraltia (Muraltia heisteria).

Read more about the event or view the image gallery.

This event was supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Sustainable pastures course and field trip

26 June to 3 August 2017

‘I will be looking for dung beetles from today onward.’

The Sustainable pastures free 4-week course covered everything from land management principles to identifying common pasture species and weeds, and the importance of soil cover and perennial grass. Participants heard from seven expert speakers and attended a field trip to a Dorper sheep farming property, which gave them the opportunity to see real-life examples of concepts explored in the course.

Read more about the event or view the image gallery.

This event was funded by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board levy.


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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges