eNews 4 August 2017

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Hello Visitor,  Welcome to our 4th August 2017 eNews.

In this issue:

Office relocation set for 7th August

HannasArcadeImageMembers and friends of SNELandcare are put on notice that the office is being relocated during the week of 7th August. The new office will be located at Suite 10 Hanna's Arcade, 128 Beardy Street Armidale. Our postal address, email address and phone number will remain the same as it has been.

Executive Officer, Mrs Karen Zirkler, said, "The move will make us much more accessible to the community, but during the week of 7th August, members and friends may find our phone and internet rather disrupted for up to a week, due to difficulties the NBN is having in relocating our services."

If anyone would like to contact us, perhaps the best way is to email Karen Zirkler or Sara Schmude, as we should still be able to access those email accounts via a mobile phone hotspot while the NBN is down.

The team are very excited about the new premises and wish to thank the management of Hanna's for negotiating such a lovely new location and supporting our not-for-profit organisation in doing so.

"The move will see us located in a bright new office that is a little smaller than our old location, so it has forced us to focus on providing only the most up to date information and archiving much of our older material," said Mrs Zirkler.

We invite members and friends to visit our new location from 14th August onwards, and if you would like to discuss a project or idea, please phone ahead on 02 6772 9123 so we can dedicate some quality time to discuss your ideas and how we can help.

Regenerative Agriculture with Jeff Pow

JeffPowSmallSquare2Join us in Guyra for lunch with Jeff Pow - co-founder of Southampton Homestead in Western Australia and winner of the 2016 Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award & 2016 National Landcare Awards ‘People’s Choice’.

Download a copy of the flier here.

Jeff Pow is co-founder of Southampton Homestead in Western Australia and winner of the 2016 Australian Government Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award & 2016 National Landcare Awards ‘People’s Choice’.

Hear how Jeff Pow and Michelle McManus set up Western Australia’s only vertically integrated, beyond organic, pasture-raised chicken and duck operation.

On 120 acres near Balingup, Southampton Homestead produces chickens and Muscovy ducks that are hand-reared on perennial pastures, insects and sunshine.

The birds are harvested and prepared by hand in the custom-built poultry processor – a modern, fully equipped and approved micro-abattoir and butchery room.

Southampton Homestead is part of a leading trend in farming that is reclaiming the terms of trade – taking back responsibility for the growing and processing of all the food on the farm, and bring it directly to the community.

Jeff believes in farming in an ethical, regenerative and profitable way. He actively shares the story in the hope that he can inspire our customers, and support others in reconnecting to ecological farms, farmers and good food.

Also screening - Polyfaces: a world of many choices.

Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, ‘Polyface Farm’ is led by the “the world’s most innovative farmer” (Time). It uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families and many restaurants and food outlets within a 3 hour ‘foodshed’ of their farm.

Tickets / RegisterA Day with Jeff Pow

Farm-Based Tourism Focus of Member Muster

FarmBasedTourismMemberMusterSquareFrom 5.30 - 7.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd August, our quarterly Member Muster will focus on farm-based tourism.

Ever wondered how you might profit from sharing the beauty or biology of your farm? Or how you might go about using your farm cottage for paying visitors? What’s this YouCamp thing? What are the options? And does it pay?

Join us for an evening on the opportunities and challenges, with guest speakers:

A Q&A session will follow. Download the flier here

In addition, SNELandcare member groups will have a chance to update everyone on upcoming activities and your Local Landcare Coordinators will provide information on the latest landcare funding and project opportunities.

All welcome - members are invited to fill up their vehicle with friends or neighbours and make the trip worthwhile!

A light supper will be served and seating is limited so be sure to RSVP and reserve your seat soon. This is a free event. More information and bookings here.

 This event is part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW. Image courtesy of Lukas-H @ Unsplash.com.

Trees on Small Farms grants available!

TreesSmallFarmsFBNative vegetation provides significant benefits for domestic livestock, native wildlife and ecosystem health... even on small farms.

Southern New England Landcare now has funding for peri-urban landholders in the Armidale, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha areas to plan and undertake revegetation projects that suit their individual needs, thanks to a new partnership project with the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.


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Book with Flight Centre and benefit SNELandcare!

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Next time you travel, remember, Flight Centre Armidale is supporting SNELandcare in an exciting new partnership where a percentage of the cost of all travel or accommodation booked with Sylvia Hobbs will support our organisation!

There are also group travel opportunities for our members and the local community. You don't have to be a member of SNELandcare for the benefits to flow through, so tell all your family and friends, and enable some big business dollars to flow through to our member organisation!

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Regenerative Farming Tour to Victoria

Southern Blue Regenerative has recently launched their Regenerative Farming Tour to Victoria in September of this year. As part of their program development, they will be providing a sponsored position for an aspiring farmer.  More information at https://www.southernblue.com.au/farming-study-tours/regenerative-farming-tour/ or at https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthernBlueRegenerative/events/

Become a member and access so much more...

Members receive significant discounts or free entry to our events, and a full colour hard copy of our quarterly Landchat newsletter, which provides some great reading about recent events, projects and member's achievements. Members may also choose to participate in one or more of our locality-based or interest-based groups, where they can interact with like-minded people and get support from our staff to think through and develop any project ideas they might have, including developing funding applications.

There are several membership price points, starting from as little as $11 per year! Sign up here. Contact us by email or phone 02 6772 9123 to find out more.

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