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Cover cropping and compost workshop success

Twenty-two Central Coast growers and industry representatives turned out to hear the latest research on compost use and cover cropping for vegetable farms at a workshop in Mangrove Mountain last week.

The event was the latest installment of the VegNet project, a $1 million partnership between Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Horticulture Innovation Australia aimed at helping growers apply the latest research outcomes to boost on-farm productivity.

Greater Sydney Senior Land Services officer Matthew Plunkett said the workshop attracted a great response from the Central Coast farming community.

“It was fantastic to see such a strong turn out and genuine engagement from participants, we received some great feedback on the issues facing the local vegetable industry which is vital to the success of this project,” Mr Plunkett said.

New grower Matt Allen said the workshop showcased some excellent research.

“I am really keen to find out more about how Greater Sydney Local Land Services can help me and am quite relieved to have found such good support for local farmers,” he said.

Topics covered on the day included the use of cover crops to improve soil health as well as the findings from a recently completed compost trial at the Greater Sydney Demonstration Farm in Richmond.

Mr Plunkett said VegNet was just one in of the projects running to support growers and producers throughout Greater Sydney.

“We recently launched our new extension project with the NSW Farmers Central Coast Horticultural Branch which is providing growers opportunities to attend events and participate in farm trials with our support,” Mr Plunkett said.

“I encourage Central Coast growers interested in finding out more about upcoming events and opportunities to contact project lead Sonia Lee at our Wyong office and take advantage of what’s happening in their backyard.”

To find out more contact Sonia Lee on 0418 127 527 or email sonia.lee@lls.nsw.gov.au

The Greater Sydney Local Land Services VegNet NSW project is funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable levy and funding from the federal government.

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