* Free * Regenerative Agriculture Workshop with Dr Christine Jones
Starting 9:00am at the Tenterfield Cinema/Theatre (205 Rouse Street, Tenterfield), Thursday, 3 November
Session 1 -
Regenerative Grazing: Soil and Animal Health
How the influence of plant root exudates on soil structure and its function can be enhanced by the adoption of management practices such as the establishment of species-rich plant communities, appropriate grazing management and the use of bio stimulants. Optimising photosynthesis to improve the productivity and resilience of agricultural land also improves the health and productivity of livestock.
Session 2 -
Carbon Farming in Grazing and Cropping Enterprises
This presentation will explore the extraordinary symbiotic relationships that exist between plants and microbes and the role of soil microbial diversity in enhancing levels of stable soil carbon. Improvements in soil carbon can reduce reliance on fertilisers, improve soil structure, aeration, water-holding capacity and optimise soil, plant, animal and human health, water quality and ultimately farm profits.
* Catering supplied
Session 3 - Debrief & Wrap up at the Cinema/Theatre
Putting it all together - practical steps to restoring soil health and enhancing livestock productivity
(with Simon & Christine)
Due to wet weather the previously organised 'farm' visit has been transferred to the cinema/theatre in Tenterfield.
This regenerative agriculture workshop is proudly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding arrangements.
For more information and to secure your seat call our office (02 67363500) or use this link to book direct:
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Dr Christine Jones:
Our facilitator, Dr Christine Jones has a PhD in soil biochemistry and has gained international recognition as a speaker; presenting at workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Western Europe, Central America, the United States and Canada.
Christine is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.
Christine received a Community Fellowship Award from Land and Water Australia in 2001. The LWA Community Fellowship Program was designed to ‘provide recognition to individuals with an outstanding track record in mobilising and inspiring the community to better manage their land, water and vegetation’. In February 2009, Christine established the prestigious A & K Hill Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (GAIA) with generous support from Allan and Kay Hill, who viewed an Australian Broadcasting Commission ‘Landline’ program documenting her vision to improve landscape health and farm productivity through the regeneration of topsoil. The GAIA awards ran for five years.
Christine is a member of Arizona State University’s ‘Carbon Nation Team’ and sits on the advisory board of ‘The Carbon Underground’. These organisations recognise that farming and grazing practices designed to improve levels of soil biological activity through the active management of diverse yearlong green groundcover are key to the restoration of soil function, clean water and nutrient dense food.