HUNDREDS of small landholders will converge on Balingup for its annual Small Farm Field Day on Saturday, April 21.
The popular Landcare exhibit will be back again in 2018, giving small landholders an opportunity to get free property management and sustainable farming advice.
This year’s exhibit will feature some special guests, including Donnybrook farmer Brett Kirkpatrick from 10am to 1pm to answer questions about how to make compost. Brett has been making compost for 20 years in his organic vegetable and cattle business, and recently collaborated with the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) to develop a case study and video outlining how he makes compost.
Wildlife rescue organisation FAWNA will make an appearance at midday with its carers demonstrating how to make homes for possums using hanging baskets.
The Landcare tent will also feature regular exhibitors, including Bridgetown-Greenbushes Community Landcare who will be doing water quality testing, so don’t forget to bring your water sample.
Community groups such as Blackwood Biosecurity will be focusing on minimising impacts from feral pigs, foxes and rabbits and weeds like cottonbush; while other groups will be promoting soil health and soil testing subsidies, regional estuary health and property planning.
And for the kids, South West Agroforestry Network will be running their ‘create a tree’ activity.
The Landcare exhibit, which will be at the eastern end of Duck Walk, is supported by South West Catchments Council’s Regional Landcare Facilitator Program, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.