Build healthy soils

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

HOR­TI­CUL­TURE grow­ers are in­vited to at­tend Build­ing Bet­ter Soils work­shops at Gayn­dah, Bund­aberg and Gympie throughout Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

The work­shops tar­get pro­duc­ers who are now in­cor­po­rat­ing bi­o­log­i­cal farm­ing prac­tices into their cur­rent farm­ing sys­tems, but would like to im­prove their skills.

Build­ing Bet­ter Soils will be hands-on and fo­cused on prac­ti­cal ad­vice for im­ple­ment­ing bi­o­log­i­cal farm­ing prac­tices to im­prove soil health and build ro­bust soils to sup­port farm­ing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Prac­ti­cal learn­ings from the work­shops will in­clude how chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers im­pact soil bi­ol­ogy and how soil bi­ol­ogy im­pacts plant growth.

Lo­cal com­post man­u­fac­turer Mike Har­ri­son will be the key pre­sen­ter.

Mr Har­ri­son is the owner­op­er­a­tor of Wide Bay Com­posts but was pre­vi­ously the man­ager of Mon­duran Cit­rus at Gin Gin, where com­post­ing and teas were used ex­ten­sively to im­prove pro­duc­tion.

“By un­der­stand­ing the in­ter­ac­tions of soil or­gan­isms, grow­ers can ben­e­fit their hip pocket as well as the fu­ture of the soil you use to cre­ate a liv­ing from.”

Grow­com’s Farm Man­age­ment Sys­tems project of­fi­cer, Robert Doyle, will also dis­cuss prac­ti­cal op­tions.

The work­shop will be held on Novem­ber 22 in Gayn­dah.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to RSVP to one of the work­shops, contact 4153 2555 or 0439 898 867.

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