When: Sunday, 18th October 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Where: Millen Farm located at the Samford Commons, 2204 Mt Samson Road, Samford
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. This is to raise global awareness of the importance of soil for human life – its role in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development as well as supporting practices and promoting investment in the sustainable management and protection of soil.
So what does this mean for us here in South-east Queensland?
Well, we can start with our own plots – from patio gardening through to broad scale farming. We can challenge traditional methods of working with and improving our soil and critically review whether they actually match our situation and what we are trying to grow.
We can develop an understanding of how to read our own soil and truly understand its needs – developing a host of approaches that best suit our environment and what our land is telling us. Through this, we can bolster our own food production – no matter how big or small.
This conference will set the scene of soil in Australia. You will journey through the most recent research from local scientists and see how this research can be used to improve the soil for food production in everything from home gardens through to farms.
You will then be able to dig down deep into soil topics, debunking some long-held myths about soil management. Our expert speakers will focus you on learning how to understand your own patch and develop solutions specific for your soil and growing aspirations.
Suited to a broad range of food growing hobbyists, enthusiasts, educators and farmers
This conference will appeal to aspiring urban farmers, those already working in agriculture, teachers of agriculture as well as home gardeners.
The conference will also follow on well for participants who have attended the previous Millen Farm Workshops around an introduction to soil in June and July.