Wed, 16 Oct | Holland Track

The Wheatbelt Integrity Group Field Day 2019

The Wheatbelt Integrity Group Field Day 2019 with Q&A Panel on Regnerative Agriculture
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The Wheatbelt Integrity Group Field Day 2019

Time & Location

16 Oct 2019, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Holland Track, Holland Track, Hyden WA 6359, Australia

About the Event

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Wig Field Day 2019 Featuring Guest Speakers on the Q & A panel :Di and Ian Haggerty Wyalkatchen and Mollerin WA ,John Royce Chapman Valley WA and Mike Van Di Griend Bridgetown WA.

Di and Ian Haggerty:

Ian and Di farm approximately 18,000 hectares of land in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt, around 250 kilometres north east of Perth. After years of conventional farming, the Haggerty’s realised that their system was vulnerable to dry seasons. Input costs were steadily increasing without corresponding increases in productivity. Soil tests showed adequate nutrient levels, but tissue tests revealed nutrients were not getting to plants in appropriate balance, despite a comprehensive mineral Fertiliser program. To top it off, rainfall from the year 2000 had been less than half the annual average {down from 325mmpa to 200mmpa} often falling in 3 to 5 mm events followed by windy weather, meaning much was lost to evaporation. Maximising crop production in dry years had become a real struggle and hard pans in their soils were severely restricting root growth. So, the Haggerty’s started to research biologically-based farming systems with the aim of increasing their soil’s microbial population, nutrient availability and moisture holding capacity. What followed was a massive learning curve combining and adapting some of the world’s best ecological knowledge with much ground truthing and extension in harsh Western Australian semi-arid agricultural zone conditions. Over time the Haggertys have developed a farming system they term Natural Intelligence Farming which focuses on harnessing the dynamic, natural relationships that exists between all the organisms in the ecosystem. Optimising microbiome integrity of soil, plant, animal and ultimately human microbiome is front and centre with this approach. Ian and Di have a life mission to facilitate positive global change by rebuilding soils in semi-arid regions, producing and marketing premium food and fibre which supports the nutritional needs of humanity and planetary health

John Royce:

John Royce is a farmer from the Chapman valley region north east of Geraldton, in a 350 – 400mm rainfall zone. His farming background is similar to most farmers in the district where best practice was understood to be one of a high input synthetic mono culture cropping rotation complemented by a merino/fat lamb sheep program. After the 2006/2007 droughts, much of the family farm was sold off to repay the accumulated debt.

John left the farm and worked in various positions within the agribusiness world including insurance, livestock agent, fertiliser sales, spray contractor, general farm hand and finally a Sustainable agricultural management teacher at a local school.

For the past 2 years John, along with his wife Hannah and 4 daughters have been converting the remaining 800acres of family farm into a regenerative cropping and sheep operation. The Royce’s have opted to eliminate the use of all synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides in their cropping system in an effort to convert faster towards a self-sustaining biological system. John is passionate about what he has seen and learnt about the journey so far.

Mike Van De Griend:

We are Mike and Jocelyn, and our five children; the unlikely combination of an American farm boy from Iowa, and a city gal from Perth, Western Australia. We hale from California's Central Valley, known as: California’s "bread basket". This region is one of the most intensively farmed dairy, beef and agricultural regions of the USA; responsible for producing a large percentage of the United States food consumption. Here, Mike had the privilege of working as a dairy veterinarian. Together as a family, our journey in California has influenced our passion for regenerative agriculture, which connects to local communities, but also has a vision for the world beyond. Seeing the rich potential that Australia's South West afforded, we eventually made the decision to relocate and pursue this ethos, and our passion for good food, as The Organic Fine Food Company (TOFFC).

This event is hosted by Wheatbelt Integrity Group Inc and Hollands Track Farm. Proudly sponsored by RegenWA.

A field walk to look around Hollands Track Farm will occur after lunch.

Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea all included in ticket price.

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