Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges (AMLR) has invited expressions of interest from landholders to enrol in an eight week rural land management course.
This evening course will held in Myponga on Wednesday evenings from May 2 - June 20.
Natural Resources AMLR Regional Landcare Facilitator, Lucy Hyde, said the course is aimed at new and existing hobby farmers.
“The course will cover sustainable soil and pasture management, watercourse and dam management, property planning, pest and weed control, biodiversity, and bushfire preparation,” she said.
Qualified natural resources staff and local consultants will deliver the course, which also includes a farm walk.
The course will be offered for $150/property, and has been subsidised by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
Ms Hyde said Natural Resources AMLR supports landholders to manage properties more sustainably.
“One way to create a more sustainable property is to plant native vegetation. This will provide many benefits, for example, encouraging insect and bird crop pollinators and attracting beneficial insects to help control pests in a natural way.
“Native plants also make excellent shelter belts to improve stock condition and survival of newborns. Water quality in dams and creeks can also be improved by planting native vegetation near watercourses and fencing them off from stock.
“Natural Resources staff can advise on the right species for a particular property, and can meet landholders on site to discuss any issues they are unsure about," she said.
AMLR Natural Resources offices are located at Gawler, Black Hill, Woodside (by appointment), Willunga and Victor Harbor.
To register interest for the land management course, please contact Lucy Hyde by email.