The recent drought, floods and bushfires have had a devastating impact on the landscape with loss of vegetation, topsoil and subsequent erosion affecting many farmers. This workshop will address the issue of water resilience on farm and look at the ways land managers can buffer the extremes of drought and flood with thoughtful planning and management.
The themes of this workshop are:
- Water retention and water cycling, the carbon cycle, thermodynamics and regulating the temperature on your farm.
- Techniques to slow the movement of water and retain water in the landscape through the use of swales, leaky weirs, vegetation, ground cover management and grazing.
- Options for improving water security and water storage on farm.
- Smart ways of harvesting and retaining water on your small farm and innovative ways to save this precious resource while maximising productivity.
This workshop is being presented at the Mulloon Institute near Bungendore. The Mulloon Institute is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organisation that actively demonstrates, monitors and shares innovative approaches to regenerative land management. It aims to connect environment, farming and society through practical demonstrations at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, and beyond.
Jennie Curtis will show examples of simple, low cost techniques that she has used on her small farm to slow and hold water in the landscape.
The workshop will include presentations and a paddock walk.
Our guest speakers
Peter Hazell is the Project Coordinator at the Mulloon Institute. Peter has 15 years’ experience in the development and delivery of landscape rehydration works in both the public and private sectors. He provides on-ground advice and is responsible for the implementation of the catchment scale Mulloon Rehydration Initiative. He and his wife, Donna, are currently rehabilitating a 374ha farm in the Mongarlowe watershed, NSW, based on the principles of regenerative agriculture.
Jennie Curtis is a multi-award winning and recently retired Landscape Architect. She designed urban and small farm landscapes for 19 years incorporating principles of water sensitive design in response to two major droughts in the local region. She is known for her work in sustainable landscape design that combines principles of permaculture with mainstream landscape architecture. With her husband, Chris, she has trialled many small scale ideas and strategies for managing water in the landscape at Roogulli Farm in Bywong over the past 22 years including swales, leaky weirs, wicking beds, diversion mounds, reed beds and regenerative farming.
Anne Gibson is a Landscape Planner at the Mulloon Institute. Anne has specialist skills in the assessment, analysis and management of groundwater resources; she spent 13 years in Natural Resource Management. She uses these skills and knowledge to help farmers to prepare Landscape Rehydration Plans.
We have developed a COVID-19 safety plan and will be following National COVID-19 safety guidelines for this event. A refund will be offered if you are sick and cannot attend. You can read the SFNCR COVID-19 policy here.
This event is funded by the NSW Government through an Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) Community Grant.