Holistic Farms Project

Soil, Sustainable Agriculture

The Holistic Farms project aims to increase awareness and the adoption of land management practices to improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity, and vegetation on properties within the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac regions.

Hand amongst vegetation.

This project aims to increase awareness and the adoption of land management practices to improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity, and vegetation on properties within the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac regions.

This project will take an holistic approach to farm management, primarily to improve soil carbon to benefit farm productivity and to provide ecological services. Improved soil carbon is an outcome of sound regenerative land management practices.

Leading agricultural change practitioners will lead participants through the holistic management course. Participants will receive ongoing access to seminars and field demonstrations. Funding will be available to approved participants to implement and test activities which address soil carbon as well as secondary priorities.

The project will support farming enterprises with natural systems and will provide land managers and food producers with the essential knowledge and tools to make informed decisions on all aspects of agriculture to support environmental, economic, and social outcomes.

Build upon past trials

It is expected the project will build upon successful past trials including the NLP demonstration trial in grazing including the application of agricultural lime to improve soil properties, specifically pH. It will also address hillslope erosion risk through land type fencing and water points, pasture monitoring, stocking rates and rotational grazing. The project will also include demonstration trials in sugarcane involving agricultural lime application to stimulate nitrogen mineralisation, improving soil pH, microbial activity, and availability of nitrogen. It will implement the practice of cover crops in plant cane to reduce erosion risk and to improve plant cane establishment.

This project is current and runs from 2019 to 2023.

Funding source: This project is supported by Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Project contacts

Clara Friswell from Reef Catchments.

Clara Friswell

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