b: Yan Yan Gurt West Farm Spring tour - Sun. 20th October
Led by Andrew and Jill Stewart, 2.5 hours (2.00pm - 4.30pm)
Trees and regenerative farming
Yan Yan Gurt West - Large scale (575ac) farm using multipurpose trees to support regenerative farming (near Deans Marsh)
With the support of the extended family, Andrew (an Agricultural Scientist and 4th generation farmer) and Jill have revegetated 18% of the farm in belts, corridors and blocks along landclass boundaries, creeks and drainage lines forming corridors of connected trees and shrubs. The trees provide a range of products including timber, bush food and native flowers (28 banksia species). More significant is the impact on agricultural production (pasture and stock shelter), soils and biodiversity (over 100 bird species). Tour explores the integration of agroforestry into a working sheep farm and alternative opportunities for involving future generations in the farm. There will be a working sheep dog display and afternoon tea served in the historic woolshed still in use. A must for those interested in broad scale agroforestry, wildflowers, bush food and farm succession.
WHERE'S DEANS MARSH: 35min west from Geelong, 90min from Melbourne
Detailed directions provided at the time of booking.
Optional morning tour of the nearby BAMBRA AGROFORESTRY FARM (10.30am-1.00pm)
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Follow Rowan Reid (forest scientist and author of Heartwood) as he presents his "lecture in the paddock" tour of this specially designed outdoor classroom for tree growers. The tour includes demonstrations of the portable bandsaw, solar kiln, logging winch, pruning tools, tree guards and varied planting designs. Along the way you'll learn about more than 50 specialty timber species and how to grow them in ways that heal the land, enhance biodiversity, shelter stock, reduce the fire risk and create a beautiful landscape.
More than 11,000 people have visited Rowan and Claire's property over the years making it the best known agroforestry farm in Australia.
Tour starts at 10.30am (please wear suitable footwear)
OPTIONS: You can book for any either the morning (Bambra Agroforestry Farm) OR afternoon (Yan Yan Gurt West Farm) tour OR both (discounted) (see drop-down menu)
LUNCH: BYO Picnic Lunch and sit under our trees or try the nearby Deans Marsh General Store
Please, no dogs.
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