Berkeley Farm developed the Conscious Farming program 12 months ago when our farmers were trying to explain how our farming processes were different to the well-trodden organic and ethical farming being marketed today.
It is our hope that farming communities across Australia will adopt our Conscious Farming philosophies, and indeed help us to grow the program and develop its foundations.
For us, Conscious Farming is a way of life, farming and living in a way that respects the environment you live in for long-term environment sustainability and health.
It’s about the earth, the animals and the people living in harmony together, and leading the way in ensuring each element is protected from unnatural harm.
Conscious Farming requires an in-depth understanding of your environment: the flora, the fauna, the weather and the community. It requires long-term vision, commitment and passion.
When horticulturist Farmer Peter moved to Berkeley Farm, he immediately reviewed the impacts of the trees and the weather on the land. He developed a long-term plan to revegetate the farm and it’s surrounds so that the land would be supported by local flora. This long-term plan means better irrigation, better protection for local wildlife, better quality pastures and less impacts of our farming on the environment.
Under this plan so far we have:
REMOVED NOXIOUS WEEDS
Removed noxious weeds from the 660 meters of Sandy Creek that is one of our farm borders. Weeds such as Chinese Elm, Catsclaw Vine, Ballon Vine and Lantana choke native trees that feed native wildlife, destroy land banks and pollute the waters. We have spent 12 months removing these weedsfrom the creek, and Farmer Peter has been planting creek species of trees and grasses native to this area. Casuarina’s, Wattles, fig trees and re-established a healthy creek habitat.
FOSTERED native bees
Native bees need native trees. At Berkeley Farm we ensure our native flora is giving top priority over foreign grazing pastures.
revegetating for land health
Shelterbelts of trees have been planted throughout the property to help bring moisture to the surface, reduce frost damage to pasture and give the herds shade and forage.