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by Ian James
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: principles
Replies: 2
Views: 2472

Your question is too broad. But a broad answer might do. Topslope.... this would be the source of any water system in the land below. As such vegitation here should be permenant, deep rooted, and covering to inhibit runoff. Mid slope, this area should be productive vegetation, may be seasonal but sh...
by Ian James
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: What type of seed?
Replies: 4
Views: 3073

spread hay over the area for the stock to eat. Their shit and piss will fertilise the area the hay will not all be eaten and will be a great mulch and all the seeds in the hay and there will be many will germinate like crazy next time you get a decent winter rain.... In the mean time the left over h...
by Ian James
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: yellow burr weed
Replies: 47
Views: 20002

Never heard of it in this area.
by Ian James
Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

Peter talks to Mollerin Farmers.

On Sunday the 9th of August Jodi and I drove with Peter to the Mollerin Demonstration site. A few weeks earlier we had formed a subcommittee of the Avon NSA. It was formed by local young farmers who had shown an interest in the formation of a demo site on the Dyard farm. The group elected a chair pe...
by Ian James
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bracken Fern Control - Should I/Shouldnt I - What do I do??
Replies: 14
Views: 15082

Sounds like a practical solution
by Ian James
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Working with Pigs to upgrade your land.
Replies: 22
Views: 11345

I like the idea of the pallets, although possibly not on a broad acre scale.
Whatever it takes, stop that erosion and bring back the life.
by Ian James
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

Wallabies and kangaroos are extinct in the area. We did have a animal reserve in which 27 kangaroos lived happily until one weekend when we were absent when an unknown group of hunters intruded onto our property and enjoyed a night or two of hunting until all the animals were exterminated. A very di...
by Ian James
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

Tools for planting trees

These trees were supplied by an organisation which was founded30 years ago by a couple of men who like Peter were passionate about doing something to abate the ongoing degradation of agricultural landscapes. They understood that trees or the lack there of were the key to the causes of degradation of...
by Ian James
Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

The plan so far.

We just finished planting 83 000 trees of a diverse mix in areas along the creek which can be seen in the photo of the farm just to the south of the vally floor. Today I rant the Agricultural Protection Board in Northam who gave me the number of the local area manager Terri Jasper who is now helping...
by Ian James
Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

My topography map

I finaly got a map of my farm showing the topography contour lines.

I will use this map to help plan my first major NSF works on a whole farm project.

Here is the map.

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by Ian James
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 23817

The value of Lifestyle

In some respects what you are talking about reminds me of the investment markets, often when we think we see opportunity a random surprise bites you in the rear. What an awesome comparison Novaris. Risk is risk, no matter how you package it. Agriculture is an industry, a business, not a lifestyle. ...
by Ian James
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Flat land
Replies: 48
Views: 36439

Bamboo..... non invasive clumping

It has recently been brought to my attention the many very desirable attributes of non invasive clumping bamboo.

I am investigating further how I can incorporate this amazing species into my program.

I wonder how these plants might fit into your plans Brett.
by Ian James
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:41 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Flat land
Replies: 48
Views: 36439

Keep up the good work, fantastic!!!
by Ian James
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:34 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Soursob
Replies: 3
Views: 3117

I guess in a nutshell I am sick of high input chemical farming and am looking at how I can transition to a more sustainable system without going broke in the process. My initial aim is to be able to grow crops without pesticides and fungicides while looking at how I can manage herbicide use with a ...
by Ian James
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 103591

Formation of the Ninghan Sub Committee of Avon NSA

I heard in June that Peter was planning a trip to WA. Duane emailed me to let me know that Peter wanted to visit our farm here to check on how our projects were coming along. Since Peter's last visit in April we had been flat out with all the goings on involved in preparing and planting our winter c...