Exploring soil health for healthier waterways

A series of soil health workshops across WA’s South West with David Hardwick from Soil Land Food will provide hands-on learning opportunities for farmers on maximising productivity through harnessing soil health.

Soil Wise project coordinator at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Dr Deborah Holtham said that the workshops would be highly interactive and engaging.

“David will explain the complex topic of soil health in a simple way,” Deborah said.

 “Everyone will improve their understanding of soils and have fun whilst learning.

“Farmers will have the opportunity to look closely at their own soil in the workshops and compare them to different soil samples.

“They will explore the biological, physical and chemical aspects that determine soil health.

“The workshops will provide an understanding of nutrients and how they cycle, and practical actions farmers can take to fix soil constraints and optimise crop productivity.

“Ultimately, healthy soils will sustain crop yields, reduce input costs and improve water quality.”

Workshops will be delivered in partnership with local catchment groups, who can be contacted to RSVP for the workshops. RSVPs are essential for catering purposes and because places are limited.

Soil Wise is funded by the National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants – an Australian Government initiative. Soil Wise is supported by Healthy Estuaries WA – a State Government program.