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“NSW farmers stepping up tree felling even before land-clearing laws loosened”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June, reports on the the likely terrible impacts of the NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislation; the article is here.

The NSW Nature ConservationCouncil, of which FuturePLANS is a member, has initiated an advocacy campaign to protect native vegetation in NSW. This is the  Stand Up For Nature campaign.    You are invited to visit the campaign website to familiarise yourself with the issues and to consider engaging in advocacy to protect biodiversity in our region. Remember, submissions close on 28 June.

The SMH wrote: “The state’s farmers have lopped paddock trees at an accelerating rate in the past 18 months even before a new land-clearing law eases controls further, government data shows.

“The new figures, which reveal the rate of clearing of paddock trees has more than doubled since November 2014, come as the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists wrote to all MPs to call for a reversal of “retrograde changes” planned in the new Biodiversity Conservation act.

“NSW farmers used a new self-assessment code to remove 21,716 paddock trees – or more than 50 a day – over the past year and a half.

“The rate, at an average of about 50 per day, was 140 per cent more than the average over the previous seven years, data from the Office of Environment and Heritage showed. Paddock trees, judged to be single or small patches of trees, make up 40 per cent of remaining woodland cover, OEH says.”

See the full article for more details.

What #Action4theLand will your local councillor take?

FromLandcare Australia:

With over 5,300 registered Landcare groups across the nation, even the smallest of actions from a single Landcare group can add together – across the Landcare movement – to make a large difference.

As part of our World Environment Day 2016 activities, Landcare Australia will be running a fundraising and environmental awareness initiative, where we ask every individual, business, government agency, politician and media outlet we engage with across the nation “What positive #Action4theLand will you take?”

It is our hope that the #Action4theLand campaign can create a groundswell of awareness, and accompanying activity – where every dollar collected through our fundraising efforts will make a difference, by supporting Landcare groups and projects across Australia.

We’re reaching out across our network to encourage each and every one of you to start a positive #Action4theLand conversation. Over the next few months, get out there and ask your friends, family, colleagues, and local representatives, “What #Action4theLand will you take?”

In particular, we encourage you to reach out to your local councillors, and state and federal elected representatives to invite them to join your Landcare group for a day to see the positive #Action4theLand you have taken in your local community.

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016
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Bungendore Farmers Market: Boots for Change

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore will be held every single Saturday throughout April and May! If it works well for the producers and the customers, we will continue!

If you have any shabby old boots lying around at home, bring them in for use at the Boots For Change market day. We’re hosting this very special day on Saturday April 9th, we ask that every WEARS BOOTS on the day, any kind. There will be boot throwing with prizes, planting in boots and other activities.

Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area

At its Ordinary Meeting to be held in Bungendore on Thu 24 March, Palerang Council will consider the ‘Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area, November 2015, prepared by Umwelt Australia’. The proposal is: Recommended that Council:
1.        Exhibit the draft revised Palerang native vegetation layer via Council’s Intramaps software from mid April 2016 to mid June 2016.
2.        Hold an information session in Braidwood and Bungendore to discuss the revised native vegetation layer.

For details, please visit http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings/business-papers/business-papers-2016/meeting-no-7-ordinary-business-paper – this topic is agenda item 11.7.

Small Farms Network – Capital Region Field Day

Field Day – Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems

The Small Farms Network – Capital Region is hosting a free field day on “Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems”

Sunday 17 April 2016 from 8.30-3.30 pm.

Come along to a property in Bywong (address provided on Booking) to learn about the possibilities of incorporating native trees and shrubs into grazing systems.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Dean Revell, lead researcher in the Future Farm Industries CRC Enrich Perennial Forage Shrubs project and owner of Revell Science,
  • Matthew Lieschke, South East Local Land Services, and
  • Geoff Butler from Geary’s Gap Landcare.

Online Bookings Essential via Eventbrite

For further information please check out the Small Farms Network website OR email us at smallfarmscapital@gmail.com.

Newsflash: Weekly Bungendore Farmers’ Market in April and May

Bungendore Farmers Market is trialling going weekly through April and May 2016!

Come along, our local market gardens are bursting with produce and we would love to get more local food on more local plates.

Join us every Saturday in April and May 2016 from 9AM to 1PM at the Bungendore Memorial Hall.

The market dates for March 2016 are: 12 March 2016 and 26 March 2016.

‘Field day’: Oxford’s Word of the Month for February

The Oxford Word of the Month is written by members of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at The Australian National University, and published each month by Oxford University Press Australia.

February’s Word of the month is ‘Field day’, details are here. The definition of the term is given as ‘(in rural areas) a day set aside for the display and demonstration of new machinery and farming equipment; a day organised for the discussion of specific agricultural problems, innovations, and techniques’.

They advise that ‘Field days  in Australia began in the 1890s as an educational service for farmers. The early evidence for  field day suggests that the first one occurred in Wagga Wagga in 1894’. The article goes on to describe the subtle shifts in meanings that have occurred up to the present. Recommended reading!

 

Celebrate the first year of our Bungendore Farmer’s Market

THIS SATURDAY, the 13th of February 2016, it’s the FIRST BIRTHDAY of our Farmers Market.

It has been seriously fabulous to bring farmers, preservers and eaters all together in one place. The conversations and connections that have been built at the markets have been beneficial to all involved, and we look forward to spending many more moments with you. After the market, we will be lighting the BBQ and sharing some food and stories, we welcome you to bring a plate and join us to celebrate our local food system. If you play an instrument, feel free to bring it along to play a few tunes.

The diversity, honesty and care of our producers is refreshing and demonstrates that a Fair Food future is possible. Isn’t it fabulous to know that we are all playing a part in making it a reality.

This weekend at the market, you will find fresh cheese, seafood and honey as well as wine, native spices, herbs, jams and preserves plus:

Brightside Produce will have pasture raised eggs and maybe some of their seasonal vegetables.Caroola Farm will have Fresh lamb, plus whole and chicken portions (breasts, wings, drumsticks, frames, liver) and beef mince in the freezer.  Also salad greens, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, silverbeet and fresh herbs.

Mamma Rita’s Farm will have freshly picked new season apples (incl. Royal Gala), freshly picked peaches, beans, beetroot, corn, zucchini, cucumber, silverbeet, fresh and dried herbs, apple juice, jams and preserves.

PenDon Farm will have sweet corn, eggplant, beans, shallots, squash, zucchinis, plums, apples, rocket, basil, potatoes, ceylon spinach, zucchini flowers, eggs, bay leaves, flowers and surprises plus plenty of gardening advice.

The Markets Tea House will be serving up eats and drinks made from local ingredients –  build-your-own wraps from local ingredients, salads, quiches, real coffee, tea and cold drinks plus cakes and other treats.

The Community Stall will have the NEW PIP magazine (all about Fair Food), tree-ripened plums from Black Foo Farm, garlic plaits from Millpost Farm and maybe some other produce.

The Home Produce Swap is on at 10am thanks to Totally Locally Bungendore – bring some home grown goodness to swap with others.