Southern New Englanders will soon have an opportunity to see first-hand how to balance higher production with good environmental outcomes on one of the highest altitude properties in the Malpas Catchment on July 31.
'Urandangie' property owner, Bill Perrotet said having a property plan for the property has enabled he and Jackie Perrottet to tackle a range of issues in priority order, not least, rehydrating the soil.
"Since finalising our property plan in 2008, and fencing off Urandangie Creek during the High Country Urban Biodiversity Project in 2010, we've been restoring riparian areas using techniques that help hydrate the whole farm," he said.
"We've also begun a program of soil testing to increase data, knowledge and efficiency, that helps us make the right nutrient application decisions."
Southern New England Landcare's Malpas Catchment co-ordinator, Rachel Lawrence said, the Perrottet's had done impressive work.
"I'm really excited by the possibilities these methods offer other producers in the catchment," she said.
"Increased soil hydration is really key, and this can be achieved by slowing the flow of water and trapping more water in the root zones of plants.
"Of course, this has huge benefits in a water supply catchment such as Malpas, because the water that ends up in the dam is filtered before it gets there."
'A Tinge of Green' is being hosted by the Malpas Catchment Group, a sub-group of Southern New England Landcare and more information and registrations can be found here or by phoning 6772 9123.