LAND­CARE SALT BUSH SEEDLINGS

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

WIN­TER and the chill­ing morn­ings do not stop Land­care from sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Gin Gin Land­care pres­i­dent Ray John­son proudly talks about his pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Land­care is work­ing with farm­ers around Aus­tralia to en­cour­age long-term care for farm­ing land.

“We are work­ing with Graham Clax­ton. He kindly do­nates a me­gal­itre of wa­ter a year to Land­care,” Mr John­son said.

“If it wasn’t for the do­na­tions, Land­care in small com­mu­ni­ties would strug­gle.”

Farm­ers rais­ing live­stock need an al­ter­na­tive food source dur­ing times of drought and Land­care is help­ing with grow­ing salt­bush plants.

“Cur­rently we are grow­ing salt­bush seedlings. They are a strong, hardy plant and the graz­ing stock en­joys it,” Mr John­son said.

Aus­tralian bush tucker plants have be­come pop­u­lar in many Aus­tralian back­yards.

“We have a wide range of Aus­tralian na­tive and in­dige­nous bush tucker plants for sale,” he said.

Home-grown food has in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity in the past five years, with many fam­i­lies grow­ing fruit, veg­eta­bles, herbs and na­tive bush tucker plants.

Mr John­son en­cour­ages fam­i­lies and other com­mu­nity groups to visit the nurs­ery.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to browse the es­tab­lished trees of the area,” he said.

Land­care re­lies on the ded­i­ca­tion of vol­un­teers and wel­comes the com­mu­nity to join.

Mr John­son said he re­ceived calls and or­ders for plants and “we need hands to fill the or­ders”.

Gin Gin Land­care is lo­cated at 10 Table­land Rd, Tir­roan, op­po­site the Tir­roan Ho­tel.

The na­tive plant nurs­ery is open to the public from 8am-4pm Wed­nes­day and Fri­day.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

LET IT GROW: Gin Gin Land­care pres­i­dent Ray John­son car­ing for salt­bush seedlings.

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