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Peter Andrews visits the King Valley

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Last Saturday, we were privileged to host a field day where Peter Andrews explained the practices of Natural Sequence Farming, or drought proofing, to around 30 local landholders.

Twenty four hours earlier, we were flooded from the runoff of rains in the Black Range catchment. A couple of months ago, the council reshaped the road from a flat surface to a crowned and guttered one. In the past, most of that runoff spilled into the surrounding landscape harmlessly. Now, the water rushes down Lake Buffalo-Whitfield road dumping into our property causing erosion of the creek banks and scouring of the roadway itself. The RCoW have been advised of the problems caused by their roadworks. With all these people due the next day, I was frankly p****d off.

I expected Peter Andrews to be annoyed with the extra flooding caused by roadworks but on telling him of this dilemma, he smiled and said, “Didn’t I come here to help you retain more moisture in your soil?”

The revelation was instant … we are getting extra water and free topsoil courtesy of the council. The trick is to manage it with Peter’s help.

Sponsored by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Landcare, Peter explained Natural Sequence Farming to 100 locals at the Glenrowan pavillion on Thursday. And so, the movement grows …

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Written by Greg Naylor

2 December 2007 at 8:53 am

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