Farm Gate Tour 2017
Take yourself on tour with Hastings Landcare's 2017 Farm Gate Tour where you can experience where good food comes from and discover how our local farmers are protecting our natural environment and practicing sustainable agriculture. This year you can self-drive to over 10 properties, meet the farmers and learn about open range food production, Landcare initiatives and the local food movement. Farm Gates are open at set times over the 3 days of the June long weekend so you can tailor your tour to visit as few or as many farms as you wish..
Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a must do exploration of the Greater Hastings region's stunning scenery. You get to visit farms not usually open to the public. Enterprises range from large to small scale holdings and include garlic, essential oils, cattle breeding, conservation sanctuaries, native bush-foods, pigs, sheep, dairy cows, free range chickens and up close animal encounters for children to enjoy.
We have rescheduled some of the Farm Gate Tours that cancelled. They are scheduled for Sunday the 27th August 2017;
- 10:30am Naked Farmers Tour, lunch available($15) at 12:30pm (bookings essential 6587 4383 or )
- 2:30pm Gromorbeef Tour (high clearance 4WD access)(bookings essential 6586 4465)
Mid North Coast Microherders are a group of farmers, land managers and gardeners between the Camden Haven / Hastings River catchment and the Nambucca River catchment of NSW, Australia, who are interested in working with biology to increase the health and productivity of their soils.
BIODIVERSITY FUND Round #2 2013-2014
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
It is an exciting prospect that we have secured 4 years of funding through the Biodiversity Fund for works in our area.
In February 2014 the Rollands Plains Landcare Group was successful in gaining funds, through Local Land Services, for dung beetle research in the Wilson River Valley.
Hastings and Macleay Landcare Networks have joined forces via a NSW Environmental Trust Grant to deliver a project aimed at establishing the LFW program within the two regions.
The Comboyne environment stands to win with the announcement that Hastings Landcare Inc. in partnership with Bolwarra Environmental Services – has been awarded almost $100,000 (to be spent over a 3 year period) via a successful funding bid to the Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program (2011).
Microherding is a new term for a very old practice – Microherders are modern farmers who nurture the health of the soil by increasing and caring for the microorganisms that can grow new topsoil from the material that is already on the farm.
This project includes workshops and supports the Mid North Coast Microherders program and is funded by North Coast Local Land Services
Two farms in the valley representing pastured beef and horticulture are experimenting with methods of applying aerated compost tea.
This is a joint project managed by Hastings Landcare Inc, Macleay Landcare Network and Nambucca Valley Landcare to produce a resource kit for landholders in the Nambucca, Macleay and Hastings Valleys.
This is a joint project managed by Hastings Landcare Inc, Macleay Landcare Network and Nambucca Valley Landcare to produce a resource kit on the coast and estuaries as a community resource for the Nambucca, Macleay and Hastings Valleys.
This project is part of the Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan-Water theme. The intent of this theme is to maintain and improve the condition of the region’s riparian and aquatic environments.
This project provides incentives to landholders in the Hastings and Camden Haven Catchments to assist them to restore, protect and improve the management of the riparian zones on their property. The project is funded by the Dept of Agriculture, Fish & Forestry under the NLP Sustainable Practices Grants.
This project focuses on controlling and rehabilitating degraded coastal agricultural lands in the targeted areas of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Region.
This project makes funding available to assist landholders and groups to under take post flood (April-June 2009) repair work. The funding is from the Northern Rivers Catchment management Authority
Increasingly, established farms are being subdivided and people with little or no rural experience are taking up smaller blocks in the Hastings Valley. This project introduces new farmers to concepts in agricultural sustainability and will provide networking opportunities for new and established farmers.
Previous catchment-wide Hastings Landcare Projects include: