Women in agriculture and landcare

Southern Eyre Peninsula - Landcare for Rural Women course

In 2017 the Eastern Lower Eyre Peninsula Landcare Management Committee initiated a series of hands-on Landcare workshops for local rural women at Tumby Bay.

The inaugural project received positive feedback and in 2018 another free Landcare for Rural Women course based out of Wanilla, is set to get underway.

This course is an initiative of the Women in Agriculture and Business (WAB) Charlton Gully branch.

Participants commit to a full training series involving ten workshops held once a month, between February and November 2018.

Course topics included understanding threatened species, pest and weed identification and control, sustainable gardening, soils, water affecting activities, coastal management, remnant vegetation, native plant identification, bird watching, seed collection, propagated seedlings and revegetation methods. Download a 2018 Landcare for Rural Women course flyer here. Have a look at what the group from 2017 got up to in our online picture gallery.

Like more information? Please contact WAB Charlton Gully branch President Phyllis on 0428 822 897 or Geraldine on 0407 603 574.

Western Eyre Peninsula - Cereal Production for Women workshops

The Cereal Production for Women' workshop series is part of the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board's committed to actions within the Strategic Plan (Goal 1, Strategy A1 - A3) that sees the facilitation of practice change and promotion of sustainable agriculture practices, including information sharing through farming groups and agriculture bureaus, as important actions to create resilience systems and farming enterprises on Eyre Peninsula.

Feedback from our 2017 Cereal Production for Women workshop participants included delight that workshops used a combination of theory and practical, hands-on demonstrations content. Those completing the course of workshops experiencing a heightened awareness of the link between sustainable agricultural production and management of the natural resources bases.

Further workshops are planned to run again in 2018 (beginning March 2018) and aim to broaden participants understanding of the seasonal cropping program, build confidence in agronomic decision making and management, and increase understanding of farm budgeting inputs and outputs (see general overview below).

Participants commit to attending five workshops from March to November. Workshops run from 9:00am–3:00pm, are family friendly and held in a central location.

Wanting to know more? Consider follow the @Ladiesontheland Facebook page or call Cathy Paterson or Libby Hunt at the Streaky Bay Office (08) 8626 1108.

General overview:

  • Workshop 1 -  Soils and nutrition including hands on demonstration, crop selection, farm business management and budgets 
  • Workshop 2 - Crop rotations, crop threats pest and weeds, weed identification, in paddock machinery demonstration
  • Workshop 3 - Chemicals, the role of legumes in cereal, crop walk, economic crop production, livestock 
  • Workshop 4 - In season management of crops, climate change, time pressures and Industry tour 
  • Workshop 5 - Harvest and Grain Marketing

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