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Full house at
THE sheds of the Barossa Farmers' Market at Angaston
were packed to capacity on March 2 as people flocked
from across SA and interstate to hear the world's
leading advocate for local food systems Joel Salatin
and his family speak. Joel and his son Daniel and
daughter-in-law Sheri, who operate Polyface Farms
in Virginia, US, visited the Barossa on their Fields of
Farmers tour. The seminar was designed to tackle the
major issues of improving local food access, increasing
terms of trade and profitability of agricultural
enterprises, regenerating and continuing family farms,
and to market to a new generation of consumers keen
to spend money on food produced in regenerative
farming systems. smartfarmer's CARLA WIESE-SMITH
Andrew Mcewin, Yankalilla, and Marty Vaher, Fleurieu Peninsula.
Rick Pichler, Aldinga Beach, and Rebecca Sullivan, Clare
Right: Liann Clyma, Harrogate, and Rhiannon Mundy,
Sue Eltahir and Rae D'Esprit, both from Aldinga Arts Eco Village.
David Prince, Mount
Barker, Phil Lally,
Clare, Julian Maul,
Lyndoch, and chef
Paul Baker, Adelaide.
About 200 people came to hear the Salatins speak at Barossa Farmers'
Market on March 2.
Advocate for local food systems and Time
magazine's world's most innovative farmers Joel
Salatin, Polyface Farms, Virginia, US, adressing
the audience at the Barossa Farmers' Market.
Joel Salatin's son Daniel and daughter-in-law Sheri joined
him for his Fields of Farmers tour.
Vim Lally, Clare, Colleen Lally, Clare, and Nan Bennett, Clare.
Nadege and Laurean Collas, France.
Tracey Preston, Detpar, Vic, and Donna Meyer, Kaniva, Vic.
Small farm workshops emphasise responsible management
NATURAL Resources South
East is hosting its popular
Small Farm workshops
again this year.
Five such workshops will be
offered between February and
June to assist people with lifestyle
blocks or small acreages to further
utilise their properties and under-
stand their responsibilities as land
The Southern NRM Group
started the initiative after identify-
ing that many people who buy
small farms or lifestyle blocks are
unaware about their obligations on
issues such as fire prevention, pest
and weed management, chemical
usage and animal husbandry.
Small farm owner and Southern
NRM group member Kylie Boston
said it was important for small
landholders to understand they
actually had the same responsi-
bilities and obligations as broadacre
"Each workshop comprises of a
two-hour session to educate and
provide a practical approach to
sustainable property management,"
Ms Boston said.
The workshops have become
popular among landholders,
guest speakers and industry
Ms Boston said it was important
for small landholders to know the
support available to them from
different groups or businesses, and
that they did not have to go it alone
or feel silly about asking questions
and seeking help.
The network's Small Farms
Mount Gambier facebook page
is a good way to connect with
like-minded property owners. All
part-time landholders and farmers
are encouraged to join in and share
Natural Resources South East
Regional Landcare facilitator
Caroline Menzel is delighted with
the commitment of presenters and
"The small farm workshops don't
just focus on what you can't do --
they help small farm owners look
at ways they can generate extra
income with their land or make
improvements to enhance their
income, productivity and lifestyle, "
Small Farm workshops are held
on the last Monday of each month
and are free to attend. Bookings are
encouraged as positions fill fast.
The subject to be discussed are:
March -- bush management and
shelter belts; April -- horse keeping;
May -- guest speaker; June -- respon-
sibilities as a SE landholder.
• Need to know more?
To register your interest or to be
included on the mailing list, contact
Caroline Menzel on 0409 675 573 or
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