After a flurry of workshops and events over the autumn, the June to September period may have been quieter but there has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes.
The Data gathered from the member surveys has been useful in planning a host of activities to take us through to the end of the year.
A soil health workshop, organised by the Tinaku Extension Project and facilitated by Abie Horrocks and Anna Heslop from FAR took place at Lakeside Soldiers Hall on August 24 and was well attended by ESAI members and many others.
Abie Horrocks presenting at the recent Soil Health Workshop at Lakeside Hall
The workshop covered the importance of maintaining and improving soil health to sustain yields and prevent negative environmental impacts such as sedimentation and erosion.
Abie spoke about the increasing importance of finding alternative ways to improve soil health especially in light of fuel prices and fertiliser prices that are continuing to rise.
Most of those who attended hung around after the workshop to have a cup of tea and chat about the subject further which is just why these workshops are so valuable.
Many of the farmers were sharing information with each other and discussing relevant topics.
10 ESAI members also attended a Forklift Driving Training Course on the 6th of September. This course was subsidised for members and highlights another advantage to joining the group.
Other upcoming workshops and events include:
- Pest Control Workshop and launch of ESAI Trap Library 21st Sept
- Intensive Winter Grazing 4th Oct
- Alternative technologies for reducing environmental impacts-26th October
- Inspiring rural communities -social event with guest speakers and supper 25th
- Know your GHG number drop in day -Dec date TBC