2019 New England and North West Landcare Adventure and Awards

    On the 12th & 13th June, 2019, NSLA were proud to host the 2019 New England and North West Landcare Adventure and Awards - 21st Century Farming. The event was funded through the National Landcare Program's Smart Farms Small Grants funding, along with the support of North West Local Land Services.

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    Highlights of the event included hearing from other landholders how they have successfully and profitably made the change from more traditional farming practices to Regenerative Farming practices. They spoke of how landholders can improve their soils to build resilience into their properties - whether they be a cropping, grazing or mixed farming enterprise. Guy Webb from Soil C Quest also spoke of how farmers could take excess carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it into their soils. Additionally, having the opportunity to visit the Sydney University Plant breeding institute and Digital Farm to see that they are starting to also run trials on more regenerative practices . The event concluded with a visit to the Narrabri Fish Farm, where attendees were able to learn about Aquaculture - an industry most were unfamiliar with.

    Kirrily Bloomfield from The Conscious Farmer addressed the increasing consumer demand for provenance. Consumers now are wanting to know how their food is produced, with many prepared to pay a premium for chemical free, sustainably produced food.

    The Awards evening was another highlight, where local individuals, groups and partnerships are recognised for the huge contributions they are making towards improving our Natural resources.

    The New England North West Landcare Adventure is a bi-annual event which is hosted by a different Landcare network from the New England and North West Regions each time. This year it was Northern Slopes Landcare's turn to host the Adventure and Awards. The aim of the event is to showcase different innovations and advances in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management that improve and enhance the environment. We also included technology in this year's event.

    It is certainly a very difficult and challenging time at the moment with the ongoing drought. However adversity drives change, and we are finding that more and more landholders are looking for alternative management practices to build greater resilience into their farming businesses. Farmers are looking to work more with the land instead of against it, to reduce their inputs and chemical use to make their farms healthier, their businesses healthier and their families healthier. For this reason in some ways it is a very exciting time to be in Agriculture, with landholders looking to the future and wanting to leave the next generation of farmers with a healthy and bright future also.

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