Smart Farming for Western Port – Increasing awareness and adoption of improved land management practices on farms in the catchment of Western Port

This is a large 5 year sustainable agriculture focused project running from Oct 2018 to June 2023. The project is working with landholders from multiple enterprise types throughout the Western Port 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. 5 innovative on-farm demonstration sites covering a range of enterprise types and trialling innovative practices will be established and monitored with a specific focus on building soil carbon. Benchmarks will be established, and the practices will provide farmers with actual scenarios they can use to relate to their own situation. While building soil carbon will be the focus, other sustainability indicators such as soil nutrient balance, productivity and resilience will also be monitored. Farmer discussion groups, field days, and smart farm innovation training will provide the agricultural community with skills to assist with on-farm practice change.Discussion groups will also challenge and inspire. Check out our videos and photos of some of the activities we are involved in. Project results communicated through open farms, discussion groups, case studies and field days.

The project involves many partners which includes; Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, South Gippsland Landcare Network, AGVIC & Melbourne Water. The project is supported by Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program (NLP2). If you would like more information, then please contact Peter Ronalds at peter@wpcln.org.au or 0402 650382.