Rehydrating the landscape on your property

Presenters Stuart Andrews and Gwyn Jones and host Peter Wippell at the NSF workshop at Nioka, south of Biloela.
Presenters Stuart Andrews and Gwyn Jones and host Peter Wippell at the NSF workshop at Nioka, south of Biloela. Contributed

LANDHOLDERS in the Biloela district have become the first in Queensland to take part in a two-day workshop on how to apply Natural Sequence Farming techniques to their own individual landscapes.

NSF was developed by Peter Andrews at Tarwyn Park in New South Wales' Hunter Valley. It focuses on implementing contour banks and using items found in the natural environment, such as fallen trees and rocks, which are strategically placed to manage soil erosion.

The workshop covered the first module in a series of five on rehydrating the landscape. Attendees learnt how to make their season longer, reset their landscape's hydrology and implement contour banking, as well as work with water pressure and storm events.

Peter and Lisa Wippell hosted the workshop at their property Nioka.

A demonstration of building contours to slow water flow and sediment loss let participants see the concepts put into practice.

The workshop was delivered by Tarwyn Park Training, with presenters Gwyn Jones and Stuart Andrews - son of Peter Andrews - stimulating the minds of 20 participants. Peter Andrews's journey in creating the Natural Sequence Farming principles has been highlighted on ABC-TV's Australian Story.

Calliope's Grassroots Grazing's Dan Carney organised the workshop.

"I am passionate about sustainable land management and really enjoyed attending Peter Andrews's Natural Sequence Farming field days but, like other landholders, I felt we needed someone to teach us how to apply the principles," he said.

"Thanks to funding through the Australian Government's Caring For Our Country and assistance from the Fitzroy Basin Association, we were successful in receiving funding to be able to bring Stuart Andrews to central Queensland to teach landholders how to implement the Natural Sequence Farming techniques that have been developed at Tarwyn Park," he said.

The second of the five modules covers water management, ecosystem services, biodiversity and weeds and will be held on February 4-5 For information, phone 0428 646 857 or email grassrootsgrazing@bigpond.com.

Topics:  natural sequence farming, peter andrews, soil health



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