Managing Soil for Quality Crops Workshop

SoilCare, Richmond Landcare will host this exciting workshop featuring Bob Shaffer (Soil Culture Consulting),  David Bruer (Temple Bruer Wines) and Graham Lancaster (Environmental Analysis Lab). The workshop is supported by North Coast Regional Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government, SoilCare and Richmond Landcare.

9.00 AM  THE ROLE OF COMPOST IN BIOLOGICAL FARMING SYSTEMS – BOB SHAFFER

  • The character of compost for farming soils.
  • Benefits of carbon and compost for soil, crops and the farm environment.
  • Composting for bioremediation of toxins on the farm.
  • Composting for pest prevention.
  • Feedstock, recycling and composting rock.
  • Processing and methods to save nitrogen and carbon from loss.
  • Curing and elevating the quality of compost.

10.30 AM    MORNING TEA

11.00 AM     SOIL BIOLOGY, SOIL HEALTH AND FOOD QUALITY – BOB SHAFFER

  • Agro-ecosystems and the soil environment
  • Life in the soil and soil structure
  • 7 essential biological functions only bacteria, fungi, nematode and protozoa  provide.
  • Elevating crop quality by feeding soil animals.
  • Soil health - disease resistant and tolerant crops.
  • Humus and food quality.
  • Ground cover and humus.
  • Humus and compost.
  • Food with very high quality characteristics is the result of good soil health.

12.30 PM         LUNCH

1.15 PM   TEMPLE BRUER VINEYARD MANAGEMENT – DAVID BRUER

  • Ground covers/cover crops
  • Composting
  • Weed control
  • Carbon

2.00 PM    SOIL HEALTH – MEASURING AND MONITORING – GRAHAM LANCASTER

Handy to have your latest soil analysis results with you for reference in this session 

  • Benefits of monitoring soil
  • Measuring totals
  • Monitoring/ analysis at depth
  • Interpreting results
  • Nutrient budgets
  • Compost analysis and nutrient
  • Changes during the composting process
  • Environmental protection issues

4.00 PM      Finish

 Free workshop - bookings essential.  Morning tea and lunch provided for all day bookings.  Morning tea provided for AM bookings.  Please note dietary restrictions on your booking.

To book email SoilCare

 

About the presenters:

Bob Shaffer, Soil Culture Consulting, is a horticulturist, agronomist and viticulturist for Soil Culture Consulting. Bob has been consulting and training farmers in sustainable, science based farming systems in sub-tropical and temperate environments for 35 years. He is broadly experienced in development and management of cover crop systems for farms, orchards and vineyards. Bob looks at cover crops from a whole-farm perspective including soil biology, soil physics and how the cover crop interrelates with food production and quality. Bob also specializes in compost development and use.  Since 1994 Bob has divided his time between California and his farm in Hawaii where he produces organic coffee, avocados, tea andmacadamia nuts and also provide a demonstration farm and school for sustainable farming practices. Bob understands soil, plants, their health and their diseases and works with farmers to develop management practices that fit each farm’s environmental, social and personal needs.

 

David Bruer –Temple Bruer Vineyard - David is an award winning organic winemaker from South Australia and is passionate about sustainable agriculture.  For more than 20 years he has been using and developing organic farming systems in his vineyard and chemical free winemaking processes. Cover crops and compost are key to his farming systems. Beyond the confines of the vineyard, Temple Bruer seriously considers its place in the landscape with a commitment to conserving the precious resources of the Murray Darling River.    http://www.templebruer.com.au/wines/

 

Graham Lancaster - Managing Director, EAL

Graham moved from Environmental Science into Analytical Chemistry in the early 1990's, setting up EAL, Environmental Analysis Lab, in Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

In the mid 90's EAL moved into specialized agricultural analysis primarily related to organic and biological farming. Soil, leaf & compost analysis is designed to enhance soil management and encourage reduced & targeted application of inorganic fertilisers.  Good quality composts are encouraged for the ability to increase soil carbon, biological activity and nutrient holding capacity.

Visit the EAL website at http://scu.edu.au/eal/

David Bruer

David Bruer

Bob Shaffer

Bob Shaffer

Graham Lancaster

Graham Lancaster

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