On Thursday 5th October, The Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN), Gympie Regional Council, and Sustainable Soil Solutions held the first in what is set to be a series of workshops for farmers in the Sunshine Coast region.
Special thanks to all our speakers (listed below), Matt Golinski for his delicious cooking demo, and Kate Rose from Baupal Park Macadamia Farm for hosting the event. The workshop was followed by a networking BBQ that provided a great opportunity for our local farmers to connect, and welcome to our 7 new FAN members who signed up on the day!
Topics that were covered included the following:
Chemical Free Farming and the “Sum of all Parts”
Guest Speaker #1: Andrew McLennan, Consulting Biological Agronimist, Chemical Free Farmers Association
Removing synthetic inputs from production systems is only one component of the transition towards sustainable farming. Attendees will learn about the intricate web of holistic farming, and just how important it is to identify and understand the “sum of all parts” in being successful at producing chemical free nutrient dense food from a sustainable source.
Drones & Farming
Guest speaker #2: Alun Morgan, Engineer & Drone Pilot, Acre Insight
An introduction into Aerial photography and mapping and how it can assist greatly in the management of farms. By combining aerial data with existing knowledge of the data from drones can be a fantastic tool for planning, design and management, as well as identifying or helping to solve existing problems.
The Spatial Hub
Guest speaker #3: Phillip Tickle, The Spatial Hub
Technology is driving enormous changes across agriculture. The Spatial Hub’s world leading technology is providing Australia’s grazing industry with new opportunities to increase sustainable production. In just 30 seconds a grazier can analyse 30 years of satellite data over every paddock, providing new insights into short and long-term land condition and productivity.
Stay tuned for more Farming Workshops to be held in 2018.