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Bush Tucker on the Menu!

Katanning Landcare received some great news this week! We have been granted funding for an amazing four year project through the federal government’s NLP Smart Farming Partnerships grants. You may have heard Ella Maesepp and David Thompson on the radio recently, talking about the project, and on Facebook in this post: In short, the goal […]

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QFH Multiparts Productive Landcare Demonstration Messina Update

Mixed Results for Messina Hamish Thompson and Tim Harris planted Neptune Messina (Melilotus siculus), which was funded through the QFH Multiparts Productive Landcare Demonstration project in May 2017. Messina is an annual pasture legume for winter-wet saltland areas that shows much promise for our region. Tim Harris planted two paddocks, nearly adjoined, and while both […]

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Productive Soils, Productive Farms

August 31 @ 8:00 am – 4:45 pm Join internationally-acclaimed agroecologist, soil health specialist and educator Nicole Masters at the one day Productive Soils, Productive Farms workshop for primary producers who want to protect and enhance agricultural productivity. Nicole will deepen your understanding about what drives plant health and performance. She will also teach workshop participants how to improve […]

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Summer Rain – Why Some Farmers Love It, and Some Hate It.

80% of Katannings annual rainfall is supposed to fall between May and October. However, we’re starting to get more and more ‘unseasonal’ and ‘significant’ summer rainfall events – I’m happy to call that the effects of climate change. No doubt about it, a top-up of on-farm water supplies mid-summer is a blessing, particularly for those […]

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Employment Opportunity – Brushwood Harvesting – Katanning

Katanning LCDC and Bowman Brush are seeking two fit, strong, hard-working, motivated people for a very short employment period, with the possibility of future casual work. The successful applicants will receive on the job training from Bowman Brush, and will work in a team to manually harvest broombush (also known as brushwood) grown for use […]

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Summer Cover Cropping Field Walk – Event Wrap Up

Local farmers Geoff and Bev Kowald are partnering with Katanning Landcare, Katanning DAFWA and through funding obtained by South West Catchment Council (SWCC) are aiming to establish summer crops of millet, sorghum and sunflowers. They hope to demonstrate that summer crops grown in the area can provide increased ground cover through summer following harvest as […]

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Soil Restoration Forum – Event Wrap Up

It would be almost impossible for me to capture the incredible depth and breadth of wisdom shared during the Soil Restoration Forum in Kojonup on Tuesday 24th March. Katanning Landcare was fortunate, through funding from the Caring for our Country initiative of the Federal Government, to subsidize the entry fee for 10 farmers from the […]

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Our Projects – Enthusiastic Eastern Flats

What motivates a farmer to do Landcare work on their property? The work of fencing off creek lines and bush and planting seedlings can be time-consuming and costly, even with subsidies through grants, and most farmers already have very full schedules for fencing, maintenance and management. Peter Caldwell says he does it for the future and […]

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Our Projects – Attacking Native Habitat

National Tree Day 2014 was once again a huge success for Katanning. Over two days 38 volunteers were able to plant 3100 native seedlings in the Katanning region, which will lead to a number of environmental benefits, including improved habitat for native animal species. We can see that National Tree Day, and other events, like […]

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Perennial Pastures Bus Tour – Wrap Up

The Katanning Landcare Centre organised a bus trip for farmers to visit Mingenew-Irwin Group (MIG) to view some of their outstanding work in Perennial Pastures and Pasture Cropping. The goal was to learn some of the principals of Perennial Pasture management in real-life settings, and ways that perennials can be brought into existing farming systems. […]

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