Spring Sessions – Carbon Farming with Louisa Kiely

Join the Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, Louisa Kiely LIVE and ONLINE from 11am Thursday 24 September as she discusses carbon farming & what it means for you!

A model of the ‘ideal’ farm of the future – Carbon Farmers of Australia

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you this amazing three part WEBINAR series – Carbon Farming with Louisa Kiely.

Please join us ONLINE as Agricultural Economist and Farm Manager Louisa Kiely explains the science and methodologies behind Carbon Farming – the practices reducing emissions in production processes, while increasing production and sequestering carbon in the landscape.

Over three consecutive Thursday’s starting 24 September, Louisa will explore how you can reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from your property and capture and hold carbon in your vegetation and soils. During these Spring Sessions she will discuss how Carbon Farming can help you with managing land, water, plants and animals to meet the Triple Challenge of Landscape Restoration, Climate Change and Food Security.

Louisa will delve into the different forms of Carbon Farming, ranging from a single change in land management, such as introducing no-till cultivation or grazing management, to a whole-of-farm integrated plan which maximises carbon capture and emissions reduction.

Louisa Kiely

A little bit about Louisa

Louisa obtained her Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England. Intent on following her first choice of career, she studied for the Advance Diploma of Farm Management at Sydney University (Orange), trained in Holistic Management, and since 1998 she has been a woolgrower in the Wellington NSW district.

She was selected by the Central Western Catchment Management Authority as one of 10 highly innovative landholders in the Catchment, to be trained in farm planning and soil restoration. Through this training she and husband Michael became convinced that soil carbon could solve many agricultural, environmental, and climate change problems.

She co-founded the Carbon Coalition Against Global Warming in February 2006 to lobby for the right of Australian landholders to trade on the emissions offset market the credits they can earn by sequestering carbon in their soils. They have since travelled throughout Australia and the United States meeting scientists and farmers and spreading the word about “Carbon Farming”.

Seeking to build bridges with the scientific community, she organised two Soil C Summits between Scientists and Farmers, in Dubbo and Orange NSW. She organised and ran the world’s first Carbon Farming Expo & Conference in Mudgee in November 2007 and the second and third in Orange in 2008, 2009 with delegates from every State in Australia and NZ. 2011 marks the 5th annual Carbon farming conference and Expo, which is now incorporated into Carbon Farming Week, and includes the Festival of Fertiliser Day.

She was invited to be a delegate at a Climate Change and Conservation Farming Conference in LaFayette, Indiana, organised by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. She was also a delegate at the National Carbon Offset Coalition Conference in Boezman, Montana. She is co-founder of Carbon Farmers of Australia – a trading arm of the Carbon Coalition. It has also published the world’s first Carbon Farming Handbook.

She has developed the “CarbonCredited™” brand for wool and is currently recruiting woolgrowers into this emissions reduction program. Louisa has been recognized for her work by being chosen as runner up in the 2008 NSW Rural Woman of the Year. She has also sat on the Regional Development Australia Committee – Orana Region. This intergovernmental committee has been set up to ensure the future strength and development in Rural and Regional Australia. In 2011, she has established the Carbon Farming and Trading Association, in order to be able to represent farmers in the new carbon trading environments.

As director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, she was a part of a consortium of three companies which developed the first Soil Carbon Methodology submitted to the Carbon farming Initiative process. Carbon farmers of Australia also offers farm ready training in Carbon Farming and Trading.

For more information, or for help with online bookings via Eventbrite, please email ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au or call UCLN Facilitator, Rebekah on 0432 491 789.

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Biodiversity for your Bush Block – What’s growing on your bush block?

Join local ecologist, Bianca Aquilina LIVE and ONLINE 11am Saturday 26 September as she explores the flora on your bush block!

Mixed purpose bush block in the Macedon Ranges

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you the final part of our three part WEBINAR series – Biodiversity for your Bush Block.

Sit back in the comfort of your own home and join local ecologist, Bianca Aquilina ONLINE via ZOOM as she explores the natural beauty (and the beasts) that is the flora growing on your bush-block.

Bianca has extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of central Victoria and has written management plans for council bushland reserves within the Macedon Ranges.

Bianca manages a bush property in Woodend and has a close connection with the Macedon Ranges and surrounds, having spent much time bushwalking the region.

Bianca Aquilina

Splitting her time between the Macedon Ranges and the Bellarine Peninsula, Bianca Aquilina is an ecologist, environmental planner and the Director of Atlas Ecology.

Bianca has worked with the private and public sector assessing properties, waterways and bushland reserves, conducting botanical assessments, preparing management plans, monitoring and landholder education. Bianca has significant experience in habitat restoration and ecological education and communication.

For more information, or for help with online bookings via Eventbrite, please email ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au or call UCLN Facilitator, Rebekah on 0432 491 789.

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Biodiversity for your Bush Block – Living with local fauna

Join science writer Tanya Loos LIVE and ONLINE 11am Saturday 19 September as she delves into the amazing world of fauna on your bush block!
IMAGE: Echidna on a bush block in New Gisborne (Credit: Rebekah Ritchie)

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is proud and excited to bring you part two of our three part WEBINAR series – Biodiversity for your Bush Block.

Come join local science writer and ecologist, Tanya Loos ONLINE via ZOOM as she explores the wonders of living alongside the fauna on your bush-block.

We are incredibly fortunate that in this part of the world we share our land and even our houses with some wonderful wildlife. In this presentation, Tanya will share ways to make sure that your property is a haven for wildlife – including tips on creating habitat, and how to solve some tricky wildlife problems such as birds attacking windows.

As an ecologist and mad keen naturalist (her words) Tanya cites the likes of Gerald Durrell and David Attenborough as her biggest influences, as both a naturalist and a writer.

Tanya lives on a bush block near Daylesford with her husband, senior dog and many rescued parrots. Tanya has worked in natural resource management locally for many years, including Connecting Country, the UCLN, and for various councils. She currently works for BirdLife Australia, and writes a nature blog with accessible stories about our natural world, and advice on living in harmony with wildlife on her beautiful website Birds, bats, beetles and blossoms at https://tanyaloos.com/

Tanya is the author of the gorgeous book, Daylesford Nature Diary: six seasons in the foothill forests. This book is a collection of nature diary articles, set to a specially devised local calendar, and illustrated beautifully throughout by Anne Mason.

For more information, or for help with online bookings via Eventbrite, please email ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au or call UCLN Facilitator, Rebekah on 0432 491 789.

These workshops are being delivered with the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council.