Expert to host crop and pasture management workshop in Huntly

The Healthy Landscapes Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities Program (Healthy Landscapes) is delighted land management expert Colin Seis will host a soil and pasture management workshop in Huntly on Wednesday July 13.

Mr Seis owns and runs an 840ha property near Gulgong in New South Wales and is highly regarded for his knowledge and work in regenerative farming practices. The focus of this workshop in Huntly will be on managing perennial pastures, multispecies crops and soil health.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the workshop was open to farmers and land managers who were looking for practical advice on how to improve the health of their land with sustainable practices in a changing and challenging climate.

“We are delighted that Mr Seis will be hosting this all-day workshop which looks at perennial pastures and multispecies crops and includes a farm visit which I’m sure participants will find invaluable,” Cr Metcalf said.

“I encourage land managers and farmers to register for the workshop which will be held from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday July 13 at Huntly Memorial Hall.

“The day will cover managing perennial pastures (including native pastures), growing summer and winter multispecies crops, pasture cropping, soil health, soil carbon and nutrient cycling, theory session and farm walk.

“This workshop is one of many events in the Healthy Landscapes program which I’m delighted to say has been extended for another two years.

“This unique and successful program is seeing ongoing demand from farmers and rural land managers who are seeking training and advice on sustainable land management practices and regenerative grazing techniques that can improve soil health, reduce exposure to climate risks, reduce emissions, and enhance biodiversity and waterway health.

“Healthy Landscapes is a collaboration between the City of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Melbourne Water, A Healthy Coliban Catchment project (North Central Catchment Management Authority and Coliban Water), and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.

“Over the past 12 months, the program has delivered popular grass identification workshops, a holistic grazing course, a small property management course, farm visits and many other events and webinars to over 875 participants. The award-winning program was recognised in the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Award for its success in facilitating practice change on properties.

“The City together with our partners are providing committed in-kind and financial support to extend the program until 2024.”

To register for Colin Seis’ workshop on perennial pastures and multispecies crops, visit: https://ColinSeis-Huntly.eventbrite.com.au

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