Who are we?
The Fleurieu Forward Farming steering committee was formed in April 2016, as a cooperative venture between the Parawa Agricultural Bureau and the Fleurieu Beef Group, also involving local independent agribusiness consultants, to provide oversight for projects looking at soil fertility and health issues that affect pasture and thus grazing enterprise productivity, in the western Fleurieu Peninsula sub-region of SA.
From Left: Jeff Edwards (AMLR NRM – Sustainable Agricultural Officer), Paul Erkelenz (FFF Secretary), Amy Williams (Williams Farm and FFF member), Peter Filsell (FFF President), Melissa Rebbeck (FFF Project Officer).
Projects have included literature reviews, field trials, field days, case study trial sites, soil moisture probes and workshops. Current and past projects can be viewed under our projects tab and include:
• A review of past soil research carried out on the Fleurieu Peninsula
• Biochar trials
• pH and EM mapping demonstrations
• Soil health case studies under conventional and alternative farming systems
• Soil health replicated trials
The New Fleurieu Farming Systems Inc Board
Based on its progress to date and the experience of other farming systems groups in SA (e.g. the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG), the MacKillop Farm Management Group etc.), the Fleurieu Forward Farming steering committee felt that it was timely to consider development of an expanded, ongoing group, with a more defined purpose and structure. We have recently undertaken a strategic planning process, during which we identified our preferred structure and governance arrangements and have now formed a Board that is incorporated by the name Fleurieu Farming Systems Inc.
A new motivated, appropriately skilled governing Board has now been appointed to drive the group forward to its next stage of development see below.
Contact Fleurieu Farming Systems Inc via our contacts page
What will the Board Do?
The proposed Terms of Reference for the Board are to:
• Define and continuously review whole of region farming systems research, development
and extension opportunities, that benefit landholders on the Fleurieu Peninsula
• Invigorate and add value to existing landholder groups that operate on the Fleurieu Peninsula
• Screen, prioritise and approve project ideas
• Be aware of funding opportunities and timeframes
• Ensure effective communication of project outcomes
• Provide effective governance for Fleurieu Forward Farming, including oversight of the FFF Operations Group