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Cover crops and Bio-fertilisers with Grant Sims!
November 8 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Farmers are invited to attend a field day focusing on cover cropping and bioferts with Grant Sims.
Grant Sims is a sixth generation farmer running the family farm in North central Victoria Australia. The farm is 8500 acres of dryland and some irrigation.
The Sims farm has been utilizing no-till since the early 80’s thanks to Grant’s father and uncle. When Grant came back full time on the farm he started looking at ways to improve the life and function of the soil through biology.
In 2008 he stopped using granular synthetic fertilizers and started using a biologically made liquid fertilizer. Also at that time stop using seed dressing, insecticides and fungicides, unless absolutely necessary.
The Sims have a strong focus on diversity and grow many different crops. They use companion crops, cover crops and have expanded their cow calf numbers to integrate through the system. They have seen many positive changes in the health or their soils and plants. They perform on-farm trials to learn and share methods about how to solve problems, be more profitable and improve the soil for the next generation.
Grant and Naomi have recently started up a multi-species seed business Down Under Covers where they use their own experience and consult with world leading experts to design and put together multi species blends to help improve the soils and provide live weight gains to livestock to help farmers become more profitable.
In 2015 Grant was awarded the Coles Weekly Times Farmer of the Year. Grant is the former president of the Victorian No-Till Famers Association.
Grant’s presentation will have 2 focus areas;
1. cover crops
and there will be opportunity to ask questions to Grant
After lunch (BYO) there will be a farm walk on a local farm where we will view and discuss cover crops, and talk more about bio-ferts.
Please note the following details;
Places are limited to 40 people and spots will fill quickly. RSVP is essential. Register online only at https://www.trybooking.com/CDJWA asap.
As there are limited spaces available, I am inviting farmers who either attend the farmer discussion groups we run, or have completed the regenerative agriculture program in 2022 or 2020, before i advertise it more widely. If you would like to attend, then please rsvp straight away, otherwise you may miss out.
There will be a similar field day with Grant on the Mornington Peninsula the day prior.
Where: Tonimbuk Hall – 1900 Gembrook-Tonimbuk Rd, Tonimbuk
When: Tuesday 8th November 2022
Time: 9:30am morning tea (provided)
10am-12noon presentations / Q & A
12-12:45pm lunch (BYO)
12:45-2:30pm – Farm walk with Grant on local farm
If you register, and cannot attend, please cancel your ticket so others can attend in your place.