We will be providing a range of one to one and peer support services for farmers including:
- One to one farm advisory services
- Regional and sectoral peer to peer support networks
- Farm tours
One to one farm advisory services:
Up to two days of farm advice will be available for 80 farms on a first come first served basis. Advisors will help farmers look at their whole farming systems to evaluate their business and farming model from inputs to the end supply chain, identifying ways to help the farm business become more environmentally sustainable in preparation for ELMS and more economically sustainable as BPS income ends.
Tailored support will be aimed at exploring key management changes associated with conversion to agroecological farming systems, focusing on soil health, recycling nutrients, the dynamic management of biodiversity and energy conservation at all scales, and reducing external inputs. Production systems can include:
- Organic Farming (certified)
- Regenerative/ low input systems
- Pasture fed livestock systems
- Agroforestry/ Silvopasture
- Biodynamic Farming
Peer to peer support networks & farm tours:
We are developing regional and sectoral peer-to-peer networks so that farmers have ongoing support and are able to learn from and with each other.
The peer-to-peer support network model has been developed through the LWA ELMS Tests and Trials and is a successful format for supporting farmers. As well as being invaluable for information and skill sharing, peer-to-peer networks also provide mental health and well-being support