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The Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities program is being delivered as a partnership between Hepburn Shire Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the City of Greater Bendigo, A Healthy Coliban Catchment project (North Central Catchment Management Authority and Coliban Water), Melbourne Water and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.

The program compliments Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project and ZNET Hepburn programs, Coliban Water and the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s Healthy Coliban Catchment project and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Networks’ Pollinator Corridor Project.

We are offering the following programs about regenerative agricultural practices to help you improve your land, soil, water and livestock:

The program aims to help you identify and implement practical land management practices to:

  • Improve your grazing
  • Improve productivity
  • Improve soil health
  • Improve biodiversity
  • Improve waterway health

What is regenerative agriculture?

Read about regenerative agriculture and its benefits.

How to get involved

All land managers in Hepburn Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, and the City of Greater Bendigo are eligible to participate. Priority for individual, free, on-farm advice will be given to properties over two hectares in area. Individual advice is practical and matched to any experience level and grazing livestock including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and alpacas.

Free webinars with local farmers

Three webinars were held featuring local farmers talking about their experience of regenerative agriculture. Recordings of these webinars will be added soon.

Darren Cater, a beef cow and calf farmer at Monegeetta. Watch the recording.

Paul Righetti, a Yandoit farmer who farms sheep, cattle and pasture raised hens. Watch the recording.

Aaron Demeo, farmer in Raywood with merino and white suffolk sheep, crops, and contract rears dairy heifers. Watch the recording.

Tuesday 12 October, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm – Equiculture webinar – The ‘other’ 23 hours. On average we spend about 1 hour a day interacting with our horses, how can we improve their lifestyle? Join Stuart Myers from Equiculture to learn about some simple changes that can vastly improve the lifestyle of your horse. Book now.

Site visits

Site visits and property tours planned for September 2021 were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Check back at this page for updates on the rescheduled dates.

Individual property visits

All land managers in Hepburn Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, and the City of Greater Bendigo are eligible to participate. Priority for individual, free, on-farm advice will be given to properties over two hectares in area. Individual advice is practical and matched to any experience level and grazing livestock including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and alpacas. Numbers are limited. To book a free property visit, please fill out the expression of interest form.

Holistic grazing management short course

Find out about the short course. Applications are now open for this course.

Stay in touch

If you need more information, contact the Private Land Conservation Officer, Jason McAinch by email jmcainch@mrsc.vic.gov.au

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