Conscious Land Farming
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.
Conscious farming is a constant state of improvement. So far, under Farmer Peter's farming plan we have completed the following important activities.
noxious weed removal
We have 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 weeds from 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.
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.
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