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)
Both the Hastings (including the Wilson) and the Camden Haven are relatively small catchments. The Hastings River flows out of Wilderness on the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range and meets the Pacific Ocean at Port Macquarie. The catchment is bordered to the north by the Banda Banda Plateau and Maria River State Forest and to the south by the Bulga Plateau and Broken Bago Range. The Camden Haven catchment is bordered to the north by the Broken Bago Range and the Comboyne Plateau in the south and meets the sea at Laurieton.
The catchments have around 70% native vegetation cover, mainly within State Forest and National Park. The area from the coast to about 20km inland is the area experiencing the most pressure associated with rapid population growth.
Significant habitat, including endangered ecological communities, still occurs within the largest urban centre, Port Macquarie.
Major threats to the environmental integrity of this area include vegetation and habitat loss, environmental weed incursion, feral animals and acid sulphate soils on the coastal plain. Water quality and streambank stability are major issues that have received some attention through programs such as the voluntary streamcare grant scheme and significant investment by Council in recent years. Improving the quality of water entering the system from agricultural lands remains a focus of Landcare, Council and the NRCMA.
Catchment Area Map