Rotarians get taste of the future of farming
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.