Come along and see the results of our Grassing the Bare Patches Demonstration project. This citizen science project is looking at bare patches of ground that exist on small farms in the Capital region due to soil acidity and other soil factors and what might be done to repair them using resources typically available to small farmers. During this paddock walk you will visit two of the demonstration sites.
Chat to Jennie Curtis and Allan Spencer about what they learnt during the past year of the Grassing the Bare Patches Project. They will show you the trial plots on their bare patches one year after the demonstration began, explain the different treatments they applied to the bare patches and what they have observed over the past year while monitoring the sites.
Ross Kuchel Agricultural Advisor, South East Local Land Services Braidwood will also be joining us to talk about soils and pasture monitoring.
This paddock walk is an opportunity to see the demonstration plots before summer. At the moment it is easy to see effects of different treatments. In 2022 we will have a more detailed discussion about what the soil test results show and how you might apply the findings to your farm.
You will walk to the demonstration sites (approximately 200m over uneven ground). You will be able to discuss the different methods that Jennie and Allan used for their trial plots. There will be photos of before and after the treatments. Group sizes will be limited to approximately 20 people and you will drive between the sites. We will have a dig stick available and also look at the soil profile to 20cm.
Please wash and disinfect your shoes before arrival to help protect the health of livestock on the properties.
At this event we will be following COVID 19 guidelines that are specified by the government which means that only fully vaccinated people are able to attend. You will be required to follow the Small Farms Network Capital Region COVID 19 protocol. All participants will sign in online and complete a registration form. Participants will be sent the farm address and further instructions after they register.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program.
Small Farms Network Capital Region IncPO Box 313BungendoreNSW 2621