The Carbon Farm

‘The Diamond in the Rough’

The Carbon Farm is a community project. It consists of an area of 100 hectares of formerly degraded grazing land adjoining The Living Classroom at Bingara. It has been ‘at rest’ for nearly four years and now it is about to be regenerated, to showcase the options for sequestering carbon into soil. It will truly become a ‘diamond in the rough’!

The Carbon Farm will provide a site for farmers, researchers, all levels of education, and visitors from all walks of life to participate in, to see and to consider the many and varied options for soil management and carbon capture. Funded by government grants and by public and corporate donations, The Carbon Farm will be available to visitors all year round.
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Book online NOW!The Carbon Farm is hosting an exciting two- day workshop titled, “Soil Carbon – The diamond in the rough”.  It will be held the 18 & 19th May at The Living Classroom.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and to network.


Program

DAY 1:  May 18.

10 – 10.30  MEET & GREET & MORNING TEA – MC  RICK HUTTON  DIRECTOR THE CARBON FARM

10.30 -10.40  WELCOME TO COUNTRY
WELCOME
from  GWYDIR SHIRE COUNCIL – JOHN COULTON MAYOR

10.40 – 11:00   WELCOME & INTRODUCTION, THE ROLE OF THE CARBON FARM & THE LIVING CLASSROOM  – GARRY MCDOUALL CHAIRMAN THE CARBON FARM

11.00 – 12.00  “THE IMPERATIVES FOR CHANGING AGRICULTURE” – MAJ GENERAL THE HON. MICHAEL JEFFERY  ADVOCATE FOR SOIL HEALTH & CHAIRMAN OF SOILS FOR LIFE – Q & A – via web-cam.

12.00 – 1.00  “WHAT IS HAPPENING IN REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE – COORDINATING AND GAINING TRACTION” – NATALIE WILLIAMS  CHIEF OF STAFF SOILS FOR LIFE

1.00 – 2.00  LUNCH

2.00 – 3.30  “WHAT IS SOIL CARBON AND WHY IS IT VALUABLE”  – DR TERRY McCOSKER  CHAIRMAN CARBONLINK PTY LTD

3.30 – 4.30  GRAB A CUPPA, FIELD DEMONSTRATION AND THE BASELINING PROCESS

4.30 – 5.30  “TURNING CONCRETE INTO SOIL”  – SIMON MATTSSON –NUFFIELD SCHOLAR AND FARMER

6.30 – 9.30  “DOWN TO EARTH”  – INFORMAL GATHERING & CATERED BBQ DINNER – GUEST SPEAKER ADAM BLAKESTER STARFISH INITIATIVES


DAY 2: May 19.  “WHAT CAN WE DO”

7.30 – 8.30  BREAKFAST AT THE LIVING CLASSROOM

MC RACHEL DORNEY, NORTHERN SLOPES LANDCARE ASSOCIATION

8.30 – 9.30  “WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION, AND WHERE ARE WE UP TO”  – DR TERRY MCCOSKER

9.30 – 10.30  “DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY – LOCAL EXPERIENCES” – GEOFF BASSETT  FARMER AND SOIL CONSULTANT

10.30 – 11.00 morning tea  STEAM WEEDER DEMONSTRATION

11.00 – 12.30  WORKSHOP  “PLANNING FOR CARBON SEQUESTRATION – THE CARBON FARM CASE STUDY”.  Drawing from the experience of the room.

What should we do:

  • On the ground
  • Planning, measuring & monitoring
  • Engaging farmers, education, research

12.30 – 1.45  LUNCH “THE ROLE OF DRONES IN AGRICULTURE” – DEMONSTRATION AND FILMING FROM A DRONE – MCGREGOR GOURLAY  – BROOKE SAUER

1.45 – 2.30 “OUR JOURNEY – THE CHANGES ON OUR PLACE” – DON & JASON  MACK  LOCAL FARMERS

2.45 – 3.15  “SPATIAL MAPPING – WHAT THIS TECHNOLOGY CAN DO?” – PHILIP TICKLE – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – NRM SPATIAL HUB

3.15 – 3.30 “SUMMARY & WHERE TO FROM HERE”  – RICHARD MAKIM, DIRECTOR THE CARBON FARM;

THANK YOU FROM THE CARBON FARM BOARD – MAX EASTCOTT, DIRECTOR.

FILMING: ALL PROCEEDINGS TO BE FILMED AND RECORDED


Gallery

 

The Living Classroom