It would be good if you could get some background facts together on the
200 farmers who have shown an interest (in NSF). They want me to come to them and teach them.
If you could get an idea of how many acres these 200 farmers have that could be used for NSF demonstration purposes, this along with other considerations would have a powerful influence on the bureaucrats and policy makers.
Has anyone found a way to make immediate $$ from NSF?
I recall Peter said on a visit to WA to a number of farmers "Instead of investing your $250k or $800k, do only a small section of planting in your BEST paddocks and save the rest".
That was good advice as it turned out because many of those farmers planted their whole farms out and lost the lot.
It has to be a hard decision for farmers to make...their livlihood depends on getting a return; they owe the banks big time; their kids are still in school; they want food on the table etc etc etc.,
The Avon Chapter Inc was the first est in WA thanks to Ian and Jodi's efforts.
But they are only two people and they need help and resources. Ian is BUSY with his farm. How can he get the help he needs?? to disseminate the info and word on NSF.
Well firstly, let me suggest that the Avon Chapter hold regular meetings and reports its AGM to the National Body.
At the AGM if it has not meet could consider and delegate the following tasks and outcomes:
Objectives – work through the Natural Sequence Association Objectives-
1. To support the vision of Peter Andrews and natural sequence Farming
2. Develop and plan outcomes for education and training, landscape planning and implementation and policy liaison.
3. Set Short term and long term goals. Short Term – contact list of networks groups in our area to promote the Avon chapter. Mid Term – Get Peter Andrews to visit and apply what he is doing to our climate and our stakeholders and the 200 farms. Long Term – Implement vision statement of Association applied to the Avon catchment and conditions.
4. Present Information of Natural Sequence Farming outputs showing environmental, social and economic benefits.
5. Maintain the momentum of the movement.
6. Marketing and communication of the corporate image.
7. Be responsible for licensing applicants for local chapters and licensing other interested parties.
8. Establish and maintain positive communications with all stakeholders.
Agree to meet as a committee on a regular
basis – after AGM you can organise when meetings will occur regularly. You have got some good people to assist you....delegate roles, tasks and aim for outcomes. Don't attempt to do it all alone.
Inform Key Stakeholders of formation of NSA local chapter –
–WA Horticultural Association, WA Ag, Dept Primary Industries (not sure what their real name is at present), Landcare groups
Promote the upcoming public meeting – newspaper, radio, email flyers and community networks – thought you could do this through the Country Hour on ABC radio.
Who is presently on your committee Ian...who is helping you? Who is the present Secretary after Belle Moore's resignation?
As I said earlier, you cannot do ALL of this on your own and run a farm.
Its about getting a good team to help and assist and who are committed like yourself and Jodie.
At present 99.99% of people helping Peter are VOLUNTEERS.
Until the E & T programs are rolled out, NO one will have the proper skill set, knowledge and understanding of NSF.
I like you cant wait for that day to happen. I like you
have been told that I will be part of a endorsed NSF education program and will be "licenced" to consult in the name of NSF but this does not seem to be occuring
It can't come soon enough.