Let worms do the work

IT'S official, organic farming is catching on and even the most chemical-dependent farmers are curious to see its benefits.

At the organic farming open day at Carrs Peninsula, near Grafton, yesterday more than 60 people travelled from across the Valley and as far away as Moree to learn more about farming without chemicals including dairy farmers, cattle breeders, hobby farmers, vegetable growers, neighbours and even a chef.

All took a trip out to Don Enders organic cattle and olive farm to hear and see firsthand how it worked.

What impressed many people was organic cattle farmer Don Enders lush, green fertiliser-free paddocks.

Mr Enders revealed his secret when he dug up a section of grass and more than 20 fat juicy earth worms crawled out of the soil.

“Why put nitrogen on when you have the worms to do the work instead,” Mr Enders said.

“It's all natural and there's no cost.”

Other tips included lick blocks for cattle to stop them eating bark, mulching paddocks, letting different types of grass grow in fields, and the use of organic back rubbers for cattle to stop buffalo fly.



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