Ro­tar­i­ans get taste of the fu­ture of farm­ing

Countryman - - COUNTRY LIFE - Ann Rawl­ings

From school stu­dents to Ro­tar­i­ans, the Uni­ver­sity of WA’s Fu­ture Farm 2050 in Pin­gelly aims to bridge the coun­try-city di­vide through ed­u­ca­tion and demon­stra­tion.

Most re­cently, the 1600-hectare farm, Ridge­field, and its project leader, Graeme Martin, hosted two Perth-based Ro­tary groups, with mem­bers learn­ing how the farm came to be es­tab­lished and the projects within its fields.

Usu­ally the realm of sheep and shear­ers, the farm’s shear­ing shed was a wel­come base for the group of more than 20, who then toured the prop­erty by bus. Among the group was the for­mer dean of UWA’s Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture, Bob Lind­ner.

Pro­fes­sor Martin, as­sisted by soil health ex­pert Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Lyn­nette Ab­bott, ex­plained the think­ing be­hind projects un­der way, in­clud­ing a study on the use of na­tive fod­der shrubs within its Merino en­ter­prise.

The farm will soon host Ross­moyne Se­nior High School ge­og­ra­phy stu­dents, who have been tasked with learn­ing about agri­cul­ture.

Jan and Bob Lind­ner, both of the Ro­tary Club of Como. Mr Lind­ner is an Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor and a for­mer dean of the UWA Fac­ulty of Agri­cul­ture.

Ro­tar­ian Mar­cus Har­ris and UWA Pro­fes­sor Graeme Martin.

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