Soils for Life looks to west
National not-for-profit group Soils for Life is keen to expand its WA footprint, after recently visiting a group of farmers in Goomalling.
The organisation, which focuses on restoring the health of the agricultural landscape, has already funded two trial sites in WA, one in Wyalkatchem and the other in the Gascoyne catchment.
Chaired by Australia’s former governor-general, Major General Michael Jeffery, Soils for Life has plans to establish another 10 trial sites of leading regenerative agricultural practice in WA, costing about $1 million.
With the help of natural resource management group Wheatbelt NRM, Maj-Gen Jeffery said he wanted to connect with farmers who were already working to improve soil health.
“We’re keen to measure the eco- nomic, environmental, social and productivity performance of these properties as a natural capital measurement and to encourage them to mentor other farmers,” he said.
“By receiving accreditation through Soils for Life and access to our scientists, we hope they will receive a premium for their product and help to improve returns.”
Maj-Gen Jeffery recently met about 25 farmers at the Leeming family’s property, just south of Goomalling.
The workshop was organised by Wheatbelt NRM and its program manager for sustainable industries, Felicity Gilbert.
Ms Gilbert said Wheatbelt NRM would now liaise with Soils for Life staff to begin the process for selection and implementation of new trial sites.
Soils for Life chairman and former governor-general, Major General Michael Jeffery, recently visited the Goomalling farm of Ian Leeming, and met Wheatbelt NRM chairman Jim Sullivan.