Soil guru shares tips

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

LAND­HOLD­ERS flocked to Boouby­jan Hall to hear Dr Chris­tine Jones present her Fun­da­men­tals of Soil work­shop.

Al­most 60 at­ten­dees trav­elled from as far as Gin Gin, Mun­dub­bera, Bund­aberg, Gayn­dah and Toowoomba to at­tend the work­shop, which was hailed a huge success by South East Bur­nett Land­care pres­i­dent Beth Shanks.

“Dr Jones’s tar­get is to help land­hold­ers to cre­ate healthy soil so their food has more nu­tri­ents so the health of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion is bet­ter,” Mrs Shanks said.

“Food nu­tri­ent lev­els have de­clined in the last 50 years, by up to 85% in the case of some el­e­ments, which means we have to eat a lot more food to get the same nu­tri­ents which is thought to be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to obe­sity lev­els.”

Dr Jones is an in­ter­na­tion- ally-renowned soil ecol­o­gist who fo­cuses on how to en­hance bio­di­ver­sity, in­crease bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, se­quester car­bon, ac­ti­vate soil nu­tri­ent cy­cles, re­store water bal­ance, im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and cre­ate new top soil.

The work­shop in­cluded steps land­hold­ers can take to help soil build­ing and re­duce acid­i­fi­ca­tion and salin­ity.

Photo: Kate Bene­dict

CUPPA TIME: Paul Winiecki, Carol and David Cu­sack, and Grace Winiecki, en­joy a chat over cof­fee at the work­shop.

IN­FOR­MA­TION GATH­ER­ING: Rus­sell Seears, Goomeri, and Bernie Carl­ton, Mun­dub­bera, were on hand at the soil work­shop.

WORTH­WHILE SES­SION: Cathy Myl­rea, Bund­aberg, Kay Enkel­mann, Byee, Erin Lawless, Boouby­jan, and Lor­raine and Mike Lan­g­ley, Gor­don­brook, got plenty from the work­shop.

SAY­ING G'DAY: Bernie Wixon, Biggen­den, and Steve Richard, Byrnestown, were on hand at the Fun­da­men­tals of Soil work­shop.

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