Green Agriculture Innovation Awards
Coast Turf Club, Kalaru, NSW
Saturday 15 September 2012
Registration deadline 7 September
Founder, Amazing Carbon and host for the Soils Q&A plus 2012 Green
Agriculture Innovation Awards (GAIA)
I want to share with you some news about the exciting Soils Q&A plus
Green Agriculture Innovation Awards, coming up soon.
The GAIA awards
were established in 2009 to provide recognition for farmers and landcarers
with a passion for looking after the life in their soil. Vibrant, living
soils underpin productive farms, nutritious food, resilient landscapes,
healthy rivers and clean water.
there will be $15,000 in cash awards to South East farmers championing
the cause of biology-friendly land management practices that build new
topsoil, enhance the productivity of their farms and improve food quality.
But I’m not giving
away any clues as to who they are!! You’ll have to come along
to the gala dinner at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Saturday 15th
September to find out.
Following the presentations,
there will be a ‘Soils Q&A’ led by Victorian DPI Soils Specialist Declan
McDonald. During the interactive discussion you might discover some
simple answers to problems that are reducing the productivity of your
Or perhaps you can stump
the panel with a really curly question? We’ll be offering prizes for
the best questions. For more information, see the Q&A heading below.
To make the night fun as
well as informative, there will also be a prize for the most entertaining
limerick, as determined by audience vote.
The action-packed evening
will also feature Andrew Jeeves’ FACETS 2012 short presentation ‘From
Light to Life: the REAL story of soil’
The subsidised ticket price
of only $45 includes a sumptuous meal created by Small Feasts catering,
drinks and entertainment.
Why don’t you join us for
a great night out?
To secure your place, just
follow the registration links on this site.
DPI Soils Specialist, Farm Services Victoria
Declan McDonald joined
Farm Services Victoria in February 2011. Previously he was with the
Tasmanian Dept of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment where
he headed up a team looking after all soil management and soil assessment
Declan has a strong background
in Natural Resource Management through his work with Catchment Management
Authorities and Local Government. He has over 25 years experience in
agricultural, horticultural, recreation and amenity soil management.
His primary focus is to elevate
the role of soils as a foundational issue for the sustainability of
From light to life: the REAL story of soil
Soil regeneration is
of fundamental significance to the health and future of us all. ‘From
light to life’ clarifies the vital link between green plants and
the restoration of naturally productive soils, providing new insights
into how plants, microbes and soils interact. Andrew’s illustrated
talk explains, in a readily understandable - and often humorous way
- the key principles for rebuilding topsoil - be it on farms or in gardens.
Andrew was one of 12 innovative
people recently selected from around Australia to present their ideas
at FACETS 2012, a delivery platform modelled on the famous TED talks
(ideas worth spreading) which have attracted millions of viewers worldwide.
This is a not-to-be-missed
Submit a curly question to our panel
If you’d like to submit a
question on soil, pasture or livestock health, simply register for the
event and send your question to Bruce Davison, 1952 Myrtle Mountain
Rd, Candelo, NSW, 2550
Or, ask your question on
We’re offering great prizes
for the best questions. .
Ohlson: Award-winning international author
Also in attendance will be
special guest Kristin Ohlson, an award winning author from the United
States. Kristin received a special grant from the Rodale Institute to
write a book on carbon farming.
Kristin will be attending
this years GAIA awards to talk to South East regional farmers.
Helen Disler: Farming Secrets
Many of you will know Helen and/or be aware of her passion for promoting
biology-friendly farming practices. Helen will be producing a video
of the 2012 awards evening.
Davison (02) 6493 2131
Heidi is the person to contact
if you need more information about registering for this event. Heidi
is busy with cattle, goats and a big veggie garden so be patient if
you don't get through the first time. E-mail is probably best firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 15th September 2012
Where: Sapphire Coast Turf Club, Kalaru, NSW
The GAIA awards dinner will commence at 6 pm sharp.
Pre-registration for the dinner
There are two ways to register ...
i) Print the Registration
Form in PDF format and POST with a cheque (see form for details).
ii) If you prefer to register electronically and make your payment by
NetBank, HandyBank or EFT, complete the Registration
Form in WORD format and E-MAIL to Heidi Davison at email@example.com
Please provide your name as the ‘reference’
on your payment transfer - otherwise we won’t know who you are.
A receipt will be issued for all payments.
The GAIA awards
An assessment of the things likely to impact on agriculture over the
next 10-20 years leads to the conclusion that we are entering a period
of extraordinary change. Our challenge as a society is to work with
the farming community to restore the ecological and hence productive
base on which the future security of the Australian nation depends.
The GAIA awards provide recognition for individuals with a passion for
promoting the adoption of regenerative land management practices that
simultaneously improve soil function, productivity, biodiversity, food
quality and carbon sequestration outcomes. Read