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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. (Recording to come soon)

Tuesday 26 October, 7.30pm – 9.00pm –  Grass ID webinar – Do you want to be able to identify, understand and manage wild grasses? Join Dr Graeme Lorimer, an Environmental Scientist with 32 years’ experience of training people about grasses, for a webinar followed by your choice of workshop. Book now.

Tuesday 9 November, 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Compost on pasture webinar – Do you want to learn the latest on compost research on pasture or Natural Capital Accounting? Join Jim Radford, Principal Research Fellow from LaTrobe University. The webinar will present results from local compost and grazing trials on agricultural pastures and introduce the Smart Farming Partnership project on Farm-scale Natural Capital Accounting. Book now.

Grass ID workshops  Practice your identification skills in the field, on a wide variety of species. Numbers will be limited.

Friday, 26 November 10am-2pm at Redesdale. Book now.

Friday, 26 November 3.30pm-7pm Eganstown (Daylesford). Book now.

Saturday, 27 November 10am-2pm at Darraweit Guim. Book now.

Wednesday, 17 November – 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Holistic management webinar – Transitioning your grazing animals from the spring flush to the summer dry is tricky. Join this webinar to hear from Brian Wehlburg a registered trainer with Holistic Management International and The Savory Institute. Be inspired by Brian’s passion for environmental improvement and grazing management. Book now.

Tuesday 7 December, 7.30pm – 8.30pm – Central Victorian climate webinar – Join Felicity Gamble, Senior Climatologist from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to hear the forecasts for the upcoming three months and the future (~2035) for central Victoria. Felicity will also share some useful tools and materials that have been developed by the BoM and AgVic. 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

It’s not too late to register your interest in this course! Due to COVID restrictions this course has been delayed. Hence, expressions of interest have been extended to Wednesday 27 October with the first day of course now Friday 12 November.

This holistic grazing management short course has been designed to assist land managers to increase the health of agricultural grasslands and livestock. It is structured to improve skills and knowledge about grazing livestock, resulting in an increase in perennial pasture species (including natives) and soil carbon. The cost is $100. Places are limited. Express your interest.

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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