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)
The Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts Report 01/14
The protection of existing native vegetation and the planting of shelter belts may provide a multitude of productivity and biodiversity benefits for farming industries.
The value of shelter belts in raising agricultural productivity has been demonstrated in many countries suggesting potential improvements in crop yields (25%), pasture yields (20-30%), and dairy milk production (10-20%).1
This Report is based on references and previous research, providing examples of existing ‘facts and figures’ when considering the economic benefits of implementing shelter belts. Productivity increases relate to all agricultural industry sectors, including the dairy, wool, meat, cropping and horticultural industries.
Farmers can use this information to more effectively utilise the landscape to potentially increase productivity, while conserving and enhancing critical resources such as soil health, water quality, and protection from environmental stressors (wind, heat & cold impacts).
The economic benefits of native shelter belts
Hastings Landcare has numerous FREE PUBLICATIONS and a LIBRARY of information / books available FOR LOAN – topics include sustainable farming, plant and animal identification, farm management, bush regeneration and weed control.
Together with Landcare networks of the Northern Rivers we have produced resources tailored for the mid north coast including the:
Farmer to Farmer Soil Management Case Studies
- FARMER to FARMER Soil Management - Bruin case study
- FARMER to FARMER Soil Management - Eggert case study
- FARMER to FARMER Soil Management - Lawson case study
- FARMER to FARMER Soil Management - Slater case study
Stock and waterways: A Managers Guide
Published by Land & Water Australia
This guide is designed to help you:
- recognise your riparian land and its multiple values,
- identify how stock access and grazing in and around your riparian land can be improved, and
- develop a strategy to manage your riparian land productively and sustainably.
A Sustainable Future -- Biological Farming
A 5 min DVD on why and how the Eggert Family of Wauchope
turned their Dairy into an Organic Dairy Farm
Other resources that we have available include NSW Dept of Primary Industries and Land & Water Australia publications, including:
- Grasses & Legumes and Herbs of the NSW North Coast,
- Revegetating Streams in the Hastings Catchment: A guide to species and planting methods and
- Soil Sense: Soil Management for NSW North Coast Farmers.
- Stock and Waterways - a Managers Guide
We also have a good range of information on agricultural and environmental weeds –