Benefits of biology on show in Simpson

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Soil Land Food agroecologist David Hardwick

A biological farming event in Simpson will give regional food producers the opportunity to hear and see the benefits of regenerative farming practices.

The Biological Farming Roundtable (BFR) on Thursday April 22 will take place at Andrew and Linda Whiting’s property and include a presentation from leading agroecologist David Hardwick.

The BFR is being organised by NutriSoil, who produce, manufacture and distribute a biological liquid fertiliser using a vermiculture recycling system. NutriSoil hosts BFR events across the country to initiate discussions on biological farming, helping farmers explore innovative, low input, regenerative, profitable and productive farming systems.

Nakala Maddock from NutriSoil said they were excited to be hosting the Colac HUB BFR at the Whiting’s property. They have been reducing their synthetic input use since 2009.

“Since making the transition to regenerative farming practices the Whitings have seen some great benefits, including a saving of $100,000 year in synthetic fertiliser costs,” Mrs Maddock said

She said the Whitings had reported increased root depth in their pastures and crops, in turn reducing nutrient runoff and increasing plant health and biomass. This has allowed the Whitings to grow more pasture and extend their grazing rotation, so they are spending less to grow more. The result for the Whitings is a cost effective and efficient production system.

Soil Land Food agroecologist David Hardwick

David will discuss soil life and its importance to soil health

“NutriSoil love facilitating BFR’s, which allow producers to support each other through their journey in the emerging regenerative agriculture space. It can be challenging moving away from conventional farming methodologies, so providing an environment for opportunities to have discussions with likeminded farmers is really important,” Mrs Maddock said.

The day will include a presentation from agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil, Land, Food who will be explaining soil health and the role biology plays in increasing soil fertility, increased water holding capacity and nutrient dense produce.

The day will include a best soil in show competition, and those attending are asked to bring a soil sample. Prizes will be awarded for those who identify the healthiest soil.

“We hope to see many of our Colac HUB members at the day and welcome anyone who would like to learn more about soil health and the role worms play in generating quality produce and its connection to human health,” Mrs Maddock said.

Tickets for the event are available through Humanitix (www.humanitix.com) and searching April Biological Round. Alternatively anyone interested in finding out more can phone NutriSoil on (02) 6020 9679 or email events@nutrisoil.com.au.

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