South West Sustainable Farming
The South West Sustainable Farming (SWSF) project aims to engage with agricultural industries across the south west to increase adoption of sustainable farming practices, increase productivity and protect ecosystem services while building resilience to climate change.
We currently have 19 projects involving 26 properties and the on-farm trials and demonstrations aim to improve soil health related to all forms of production, including cropping, grazing, horticulture, viticulture, dairy and farm forestry.
A central aim of all trials is to promote broader landholder understanding and adoption of the practice by demonstrating local application to the surrounding farming community. Trials and demonstrations address one or more of the following soil health funding priorities:
- maintain and improve groundcover to reduce soil and nutrient loss through wind and water erosion
- manage soil acidification to improve productivity and avoid future loss of productive land through subsoil acidification
- manage nutrient addition to soils to improve productivity, reduce losses into waterways and slow rates of soil acidification,
- improve soil health through better soil biology, nutrient matching and management of soil structure for improved productivity and ecosystem services.
A Lesson in Perennial Pastures: Case Study from Winterbook Farm
Fact Sheet: Looking for better compost-based pasture production
Busselton potato growers aiming for healthier soils
Improving Tree Survival on Drought-prone Soils
Designing a farm trial – Building confidence in your results 2016
Claying trial update – Dumbleyung Feb 2016
Sustainable Farming – 2015 Year in Review
Fitting Compost into Dairy Systems
Slowing the Encroachment of Salt in Wagin – Sept 2016
Keyline Farming: Demonstration Update
Pasture giving cereals the upper hand
Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone appoints project officer
Saline pasture trial shows benefits of species selection
Danielle Short, Project Manager, Narrogin: 08 9881 0202 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Clifton, Project Manager, Bunbury: 08 9724 2469 or email@example.com