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Hobby farmers hungry for information

26 March, 2020 Small landholders were out in force at a recent GeoCatch Heavenly Hectares workshop in Busselton. More than 55 locals came along to find out the latest information to manage soil degradation, wind-breaking, fire and drought-proofing, pasture management and weeds. Rural property expert and author, Chris Ferreira, talked about the challenges of ...
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Autumn Bay OK gardening

23 March, 2020 On the back of a hot, dry summer, now is the time to repair, renovate and rejuvenate our gardens! Our plants are coming out of ‘survival mode’ and coming to life again - and they are in need of some special treatment to help them recover from the heat! It is the ...
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Farmers step up with soil testing

09 March, 2020 Twenty-eight local farmers have this week come one step closer to best practice fertiliser management at a workshop held near Busselton. The farmers have each participated in GeoCatch’s fertiliser management project, which undertakes paddock-scale soil testing and mapping in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). Farmers ...
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The Allen Family: Farmers protecting Geographe Bay

14 February, 2020 Geoff and Brodie Allen The Allen Family is growing a productive farming enterprise while protecting local waterways. Brodie and wife Louise, along with Brodie’s parents Geoff and Gillian, run 200 Angus beef breeders on their 150 hectare property in Boallia. Geoff joined his father on the farm in the 60s when he was 15 and Brodie ...
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Property training for hobby farmers and dreamers

03 February, 2020 After a seven-year hiatus, GeoCatch is bringing the award winning Heavenly Hectares program back to Busselton! Ideal for rural and semi-rural landholders, Heavenly Hectares property training workshops are specially designed to address soil degradation, water shortage, fertiliser management and weed issues. If you would benefit from advice on topics such as ...
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Hunting for catios

30 January, 2020 Elise Parker with her catio We are on the hunt for locals willing to show off their catio (that’s a cat patio or cat run), as part of GeoCatch’s first ever catio tour in the Busselton/Dunsborough area. Catios protect our feline friends from cat fights, cars, disease and poisons; and they keep both cats and wildlife ...
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Local farmers soil test for sustainability in new year

23 January, 2020 Local farmers have started the year by soil testing every paddock to check nutrient levels, providing insight into what they will be able to grow once the rain comes in autumn. Are phosphorus levels optimum for good root growth and will pH levels allow the plant to access it? Is ...
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Mini-doco showcases best practice

20 December, 2019 Local farmers who have made major changes to their fertiliser practices are being celebrated in a mini-documentary released by GeoCatch. The stories of these champion farmers focus on the benefits of being strategic with fertiliser so nutrients stay on the farm and out of waterways. The video has had almost ...
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Farmer priorities for Lower Sabina

16 December, 2019 A group of landholders in the Lower Sabina sub-catchment got together with GeoCatch staff and community board members last week to talk about opportunities to continue improving water quality and reducing nutrient loads from the area. Farmers heard about opportunities to partner with GeoCatch that will improve the health of local ...
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Local trees in need of some love tonic

14 December, 2019 With the recent dry winter and early start to summer our local trees are showing signs of stress. The sparse foliage and very small leaves displayed by many of the WA peppermint trees in urban areas can be regarded as their last gasp if they don’t receive some simple love ...
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