A webinar with internationally renowned and highly respected ground cover and soils specialist, Dr. Christine Jones.

Research & farming case studies have demonstrated that flourishing communities of beneficial soil microbes are ‘key’ to soil health & plant production. Also revealed is that having the right microbes present in the soil & in the right amounts, is dependent on having a diversity of green plants growing in the soil all year round.

In her long career Christine has published more than 50 scientific papers on soil science, and has organised and participated in workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, and around world.

Christine is no stranger to Western Australia, visiting annually since 1983. She presented a ‘Managing the Carbon Cycle’ Forum and launched the Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme in Katanning in 2007. At the Soil Restoration Farming Forum in 2015, 11 farmers received monetary awards for reversing soil deterioration in dryland cropping systems through the establishment of warm season perennial grasses.

Here in the South West our farms typically have lush green annual pastures throughout winter & spring, with minimal active growth throughout the summer. Reports taken from the time of European settlement in southern Australia tell a different story, a story of rich plant diversity and of more summer active than winter-active plants in the original vegetation. Nature clearly intended that there be no ‘dead’ seasons. How was it possible in our hot, dry summers? The answer lay in the water holding capacity of the soil. (Source: From Light to Life, Dr Christine Jones)

Date:                    Thursday, July 23, 2020

Time:                  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location:           Online

Tickets:               $22 each via Trybooking

More Info:        Lower Blackwood Catchment