NSF Field Day at Inverell 1st March 2008

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As you would understand Peter is extremely busy running around the country and still keeping watch over his projects however at times his schedule allows some time to address groups who are interested in meeting and hearing him talk about Natural Sequence Farming.

If you would like that, please let us know here and we will see what can be arranged.

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NSF Field Day at Inverell 1st March 2008

Postby duane » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:30 pm

THE INVERELL TIMES

29 February 2008 - 10:56AM

Focus on natural sequence farming at Danthonia
by Amy Slessor


AN alternative approach to sustainable land management will be presented at a field day tomorrow.
The Danthonia Community is hosting the field day and pioneer of natural sequence farming methods Peter Andrews is the special guest.

Mr Andrews will outline and demonstrate his concept of natural sequence farming, derived from years of hands-on trial and error.

The grazier, horse stud breeder and author from Bylong in the Upper Hunter also had his system profiled on the ABC’s Australia Story in 2005.

His book, Back from the Brink, was published in 2006 and has sold about 50,000 copies.

At the field day tomorrow, Mr Andrews will explain how natural sequence farming, as a holistic management process, specifically addresses land degradation and biodiversity losses in riparian systems and their disconnected flood plains and valley slopes.

“In principle the natural sequence farming looks at how to use agriculture to a farmers advantage,” Mr Andrews said.

“We will be looking at how to use water and fertility when looking at sedimentary patterns and identifying a comparison.

“To be a good farmer you need to know how to use the basic components.

“Natural sequence farming looks at the fundamentals, it is similar to knowing where the fuel tank is in your car and knowing how to tell when the fuel and oil are running low.

“It is that basic but so many people don’t deal with the simple stuff.”

Organiser Chris Voll said Mr Andrews’ innovative ideas for the future of farming and land use in Australia gave people an alternative approach to conventional methods of management.

The field day is supported by Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA Education funding.

Included in the program are a slideshow presentation, a property tour, questions and answers and a barbecue lunch.

The day starts at 8.30am and the cost is $20 a person.

The Danthonia Community is on the Glen Innes Rd, 23km east of Inverell.


To RSVP contact Johannes Meier or Chris Voll on 6723 2213 or email cvoll@danthonia.com.au

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Postby duane » Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:41 pm

THE INVERELL TIMES

04 March 2008 -


Peter Andrews inspires farmers to develop holistic approach

A HOLISTIC approach to farming was presented at a field day at the Danthonia Community.
About 200 people attended the event on Saturday and the Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority, who provided funding for the event, said the turnout was the largest they had ever seen for a regional field day.
Back from the Brink author Peter Andrews gave participants an overview of the things he has learned over the past 30 years, developing a holistic approach to land management he calls Natural Sequence Farming.

Mr Andrews fielded many questions from his audience, discussing soil fertility, erosion, salinity and water management.

After a barbecue lunch, participants went on a trip to Swanbrook, at Danthonia, where Peter made various observations related to hydrology.

Danthonia Community spokesperson Chris Voll said he was very happy with how the day went.

“It was great to see so many people get together to hear Peter’s message,” Mr Voll said.

“People travelled from as far afield as Sydney, Tamworth, Brisbane, Tenterfield and Moree and places in between.

“It shows an open-mindedness in the farming community, and a real need for workable solutions to the problems people face, because much of what Peter is putting forward flies in the face of conventional wisdom and traditional farming practices.

“Danthonia was also glad for the CMA’s support for the event.

“There are many people trying to find ways to deal with the same issues, and it’s important to get together and learn from each other.

“That, in my view, is the main thing Saturday was about.”Chris said he also would encourage others to read Peter’s book to learn about the issues.


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