Byron Shire Council invites you to learn how to use the Soil Health Card system to monitor your soil health. You will also learn how to interpret soil laboratory analyses and how this can determine your land management.
Your workshop leaders are John Grant and Dave Forrest, the designer of the Soil Health Card.
This Northern Rivers Soil Health Card is a practical tool that all landholders in the Northern Rivers Region can use to monitor the health of their soils.
The soil health card lists the10 straight forward visual tests that require simple equipment and can be carried out by one person in the field. By testing regularly and keeping the cards, you can build up a record of your soil health, and understand the effect of management practices on soil health.
There are separate cards for the macadamia, coffee, vegetable, sub-tropical tree crops (perennial horticulture) and coastal grazing.
This workshop is aimed at those producers and landholders keen to know more about their soil and how to improve it’s health.
9.00 – 9.15 Intros over a cuppa
9.15-11.00 Soil Health – why it’s important with John Grant
Soil types on the property, soil texture, structure and profile. Basic Soil Chemistry
Results from 2 x soil samples taken on the property, and discussion (you will have a sheet of the results to follow John’s discussion)
11.00 – 11.10 Soil Health Card System – Intro and Tools with Dave Forrest
11.15 – 12.30 Soil Health Card in the Field for sample collection and demos on how to take a sample for mineral testing
12.45 – 1.30 Lunch (simple BBQ with vegie options)
1.30 – 2.15 Results from Soil Health Card tests and discussion; Using test results to determine management options
This project is presented by Brunswick Valley Landcare through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants.
Please book a ticket as numbers are limited. Detailed directions will be given via email after booking. Your $10 includes lunch and morning tea.