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Getting in touch with your roots - find out more about soil health and why it matters!

Greater Sydney Local Land Services is holding a free, hands-on workshop to help farmers learn more about soil health.

Angela Maier, Land Services Officer said healthy soil is essential to sustainable food production and landscape management.

"Healthy soil is a dynamic system which includes fungi, bacteria and other beneficial micro-organisms. To achieve healthy soil we need to consider the physical, chemical and biological aspects of it. By understanding how to enhance soil health and then putting these changes into place, farmers can improve productivity and improve their bottom line," said Angela.

The seminar will be presented by David Hardwick, an agricultural ecologist who specialises in soil fertility. Topics will include:

  • Soil health
  • Soil fertility
  • Holistic nutrient budgeting
  • Understanding and using alternative fertility inputs
  • Understanding and using soil tests

DATE:             Wednesday, 18 June 2014

TIME:              9am- 2pm

PLACE:           Sydney field vegetable demonstration farm, Gate 6 Southee Road

                        Richmond NSW

COST:             Free. Morning tea and lunch will be provided

RVSP:             Bookings are essential. Please book by 11 June by going to http://bit.ly/1kKCwWS  or contact: Angela Maier on (02) 9895 6126 (Monday – Wednesday) angela.maier@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Joanna Woutersz (02) 4725 3064