Demonstrating Sustainable Farm Practices

This is a large 5 year sustainable agriculture focused project funded by the ‘National Landcare Programme’ running from July 2013 to June 2018. The project is working with landholders from multiple enterprise types throughout the Western Port, Mornington Peninsula & parts of the Yarra Catchment to promote Sustainable Farming Practices. This project aims to increase the understanding and uptake of innovative farming practices to improve farmers productivity and our natural resources. Innovative tools such as iFarm, demonstration sites, remote sensing & surveys will be introduced to engage and assist landholders to implement sustainable agriculture practices. Discussion groups and farm tours to other regions will also challenge and inspire. Check out our videos (hot link) and photos (hot link) of some of the activities we are involved in. Demonstration sites to showcase innovative and sustainable farming methods are located throughout the region, with the results communicated through open farms, discussion groups, case studies and field days.
Current Demonstration Sites include;

1. Compare impact of compost application on pasture species and root growth – (Beef) Neerim
2. Monitoring alternative fertilisers on pasture in the Moorooduc Plains – (Beef) Mornington
3. Comparing economics of agroforestry vs traditional grazing in steep country – (Agroforestry) Torwood
4. Trial different management treatments to mitigate tunnel erosion – (Sheep) Bena
5. Trial of compost tea compared to compost applied in the sub-soil & on the surface – (Beef) Nar Nar Goon
6. Trial of river pebbles in calf rearing shed compared to woodchips – (Dairy) Drouin Sth
7. Trial to compare compost on an organic vegetable farm with green manure crops – (Horticulture) Cockatoo
8. Salinity management on dairy farm – (Dairy) Labertouche
9. Monitoring nutrient flows from a free range egg & lamb operation for sustainability – (Poultry) Hallora
10. Trial to add value & productivity to farm plantings whilst reducing common problems – (Beef) Buln Buln
11. Trial to compare compost under vines against current practice of spraying – (Viticulture) Tuerong
12. Monitoring dung beetle establishment on 6 farms – Cannibal Ck Landcare Group

18. Demonstrating soil fracturing for drainage for avocados on 5 farms – Shoreham

23. A comparative analysis of pasture improvement on adjacent properties – Somers
24. Establish a community orchard on Phillip Island – Community Group – Cowes
25. Trialling sustainable use of biosolids in the Port Philip and Western Port region – Pakenham
26. Monitoring pasture productivity after application of biosolids on light sandy soils – Cape Schanck
27. Trial market gardening with 3 organic farming methods – Community Group – Wesburn

28. Hops into Bass – Viability of Hop Production in Bass Coast – Bass
29. Sub-Soil Compost trial – Nayook
30. Sub-Soil Compost trial – Neerim North
31. Trialling Green Manure Crops for Nutrient Cycling in Intensive Horticulture – Noojee
32. Monitoring Red Azolla on Dams through Nutrient Reduction – Torwood
33. Improving Fodder quality on 20 farms – Mornington Peninsula
52. Trialling Living Mulch vs Green Mulch under Mountain Pepper Trees – Jindivick
53. Trialling Methods to Optimise Pasture Production on Organic Dairy farm – Ellinbank

This project is supported by Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through funding from the Australian Government. If you would like more information, then please contact Peter Ronalds at or 0402 650382.