Getting down and dirty at Nana Glen
SMALL-to-large-scale primary producers across the Mid North Coast will have the chance to learn about the environmental and economic benefits of organic certification at an Organic Farming Day this month.
Hosted at Synchronicity Farm on June 21, the free full day agri-industrial workshop will focus on all things 'down and dirty' from compost and waste reduction from an organic perspective to sessions on how farmers can transition to certified organic production.
The workshop is being offered by Australia's leading organic certifier, the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) as part of the Coffs Harbour Regional Council Growing Innovation series, in conjunction with Synchronicity Farm, MI Organics and TM Organics Pty Ltd.
The workshop will be presented by legendary Australian organic trainer and best-selling author Tim Marshall.
NASAA Operations Manager and workshop organiser Peter Hastie said farmers will learn how to enrich and improve soil, increase the yield and health of plants, reduce water use, and eliminate the cost of landfill for farm waste.
"If you want some solid advice, based on science and practical experience, these workshops are for you," Peter said. "Tim Marshall brings 30 years of organic experience and know how, a common sense approach to organic growing and a sense of humour to the sessions and will de-mystify the compost process.
"Tim was a co-founder of NASAA and Organic Guarantee System Co-ordinator for the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). He has visited more than 4,000 certified organic properties in more than 30 countries. "We'll also be explaining to farmers that they can now fast track certification if they have been voluntarily following organic management practices.
"We know many Mid North Coast producers have been following organic practices for years. With the removal of the 12 month Pre Certification period, primary producers who can demonstrate compliance with organic standards for 36 months can now potentially achieve full organic certification in as little as 12 months."
Peter said the venue at Nana Glen, Synchronicity Farm, is permaculture paradise on 33 acres with long Orara River frontage.
"Synchronicity Farm is a not for profit, ethically minded social enterprise with a passion for making the story and availability of local food discoverable in all its glory.
"Josh Allen from Synchronicity Farm is passionate about sustainability and will provide an informative day taking farmers around the property and explaining the many benefits of organic farming practices."
The free Organic Farming Day is at Synchronicity Farm, 632 Orara Way, Nana Glen on Sunday June 21 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. RSVP to Sue Mills 02 6648 4087 suzanne.mills@ chcc.nsw.gov.au