Soil Land Food delivers a range of 1 day workshops for landholders and farmers across Australia as well internationally. We usually do over 50 workshops a year all across Australia. These workshops are either introductory or skills building activities on a range of topics. Our workshops are always fun and engaging and we make sure they are hands on and practical.

Our core specialty workshops are on soils, rural landscape management, regenerative and organic agriculture, composting and biofertilisers. Check them out below. We also deliver workshops on erosion and grazing. With experience in agronomy, grazing management and whole farm planning we can tailor a workshop to suit your group's needs. Call us for group pricing and to discuss your training needs.

See our range of workshops below and check out the upcoming courses and workshops HERE.

“Before the course I had no idea that soil management was so important for growing crop, now I have a whole new outlook on how we can better our crops through our soil management “

VIC

“I loved the Day in the Life of the Soil exercise; for once the complex interactions of nutrient cycling were easily understood.”

NSW

Soils Workshops

Understanding Soils

1 Day
Learn about how the soils on your place really work!

A hands-on interactive workshop that gives participants an introduction to soils and soil health. It covers the biological, physical and chemical aspects of soils. Participants get their hands dirty with a range of soils in practical activities. We explore:

  • How soils work
  • Soil Health
  • Soil Fertility
  • The 7 essential steps to managing soils well
  • The 10 Principles of Regenerative Soil management

Exploring the Life in Your Soil

1 Day
Want to get your head around the complex community of life that makes up a healthy, high functioning soil?

In this 1 day hands on workshop you will learn the essentials about soil biology; soil microbes, soil organisms, plant roots and organic matter. The day includes lots of hands-on activities and looks at soil biology tests as well as practical ways to assess soil biology on the farm. The main ways to improve soil biology in farming and grazing enterprises are also introduced. We look at:

  • Introduction to the soil community
  • Why soil biology matters
  • Soil microbes
  • Soil organisms
  • Plant roots
  • Organic matter
  • Assessing soil biology
  • How to improve your soil’s biology

Managing Soil Health

1 Day
Demystify soil health and learn how to manage it on your place.

This practical workshop gives participants the skills to assess and benchmark the biological, chemical and physical health of their soil using field skills and soil tests. We use the RASH approach (Rapid Assessment of Soil Health) which is an easy way to manage your soil’s health. We cover:

  • What is soil health and why is it important
  • Soil health issues - compaction, pH, soil salinity, organic matter, sodicity, soil biology etc.
  • Assessing soil health - in the paddock
  • Assessing soil health - using a soil test
  • Identifying soil constraints
  • Soil health options - including planned grazing, cover crops min-till, lime, biologicals and compost

Farm Fertility Inputs

1 Day
Learn about the wide range of farm inputs from rock phosphate to urea; from compost to worm juice!

This workshop demystifies the wide range of minerals, microbes, fertilisers, biostimulants and soil amendments that are out there in the world of agriculture. From farm made products to commercial ones we explore the range of choices, look at how to evaluate them and how and when they may be useful. Bring your inputs along to the day to discuss! We explore

  • The types of fertility inputs: fertilisers, biostimulants, inoculants and soil amendments
  • How to assess inputs
  • Choosing fertility inputs
  • Using inputs

Holistic Nutrient Management

1 Day
Improve your management of soil fertility and nutrients.

This workshop explores nutrients and farming/grazing. The workshop uses an interactive role play activity to cover the basics of how nutrients cycle on your farm. We also look at the key steps to managing nutrients holistically and economically. The day covers:

  • Understanding nutrients and how they cycle
  • Why soil biology is essential for nutrient management
  • The Nutrient Cycling Capacity of your soil
  • The 5 Nutrient Buckets Model for thinking about and managing soil nutrients
  • Using soil tests and field diagnosis for assessing nutrients
  • Nutrient management: the 5 Steps to success
  • The main strategies for managing nutrients and soil fertility

Making sense of your soil test!

1 Day
Learn the essentials for reading soil tests.

Agronomic soil tests are a really useful tool for soil management but the ability to read and interpret them effectively takes skill and understanding. In this 1 day workshop we pull apart soil tests and learn how to make sense of them no matter what colourful graphs and technical jargon they contain. The day covers:

  • Soil test basics: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Why use soil tests
  • Pulling apart your soil test
  • Using soil tests to determine soil type
  • Assessing soil health with soil tests
  • Managing nutrients with soil tests

“David is a great facilitator, very knowledgeable and independent so he is not selling anything which is refreshing!”

Soils Workshop participant

"Our soil health field days have been a hit with producers. A large part of this success is because we engaged David as key presenter."

"Soil health can be a very dry topic. David engages people in this complex topic and explains soil health in a very simple way. But more than this, David drives home the importance of soil health to long term profitability, leaving farmers with practical tools they can take away"

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Extension Team

Composts & Biofertilisers Workshops

On-farm bugs and brews: biofertilisers, stimulants and inoculants

1 Day
Learn to make biofertilisers and bioferments on farm.

In this hands-on 1 day workshop you will learn the theory behind fermentation based bioferments and biofertilisers. We also practise making a number of simple products including EM, biofertilisers and a bioferment. Open source simple recipes and how to make an inoculated fermentation compost are included on the day. We explore

  • The types of biological products.
  • Aerobic and fermentation products
  • Fermentation: the essential principles
  • Making Fermentation based biostimulants, inoculants and biofertilisers
  • Fermentation Compost
  • Using biologicals

On-farm composting

1 Day
Build your knowledge and skills to make and use compost.

In this 1 day workshop you will learn the basics of making and using compost on the farm. We look at the three main ways of making it: aerobic, vermicompost and fermentation. It includes a hands-on session of making a compost. We also cover the key tips and machinery you need to consider when sourcing materials and making compost successfully on the farm.

  • Introduction to Compost
  • 3 ways to compost: aerobic, fermentation and vermicompost
  • Making Compost: the essentials
  • Compost Quality: humus, nutrients and biology
  • Testing compost
  • Using compost

“I highly recommend David as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very capable workshop facilitator, presenter and independent soil educator to anyone interested in improving their soil health and farm management skills.”

Alice McGrath - Land Services Officer, South East Local Land Services NSW

Regenerating Rural Landscapes Workshops

Landscape Rehydration: the basics

1 Day
Learn how the water cycle works on your place!

Explore the strategies to rehydrate farm landscapes! This essential introductory workshop introduces the basics of the water cycle in rural landscapes and the science behind landscape rehydration. It will deepen your understanding of how your farm’s water cycle works and introduce you to the strategies for improving it. You will learn:

  • Farm Hydrology: the water cycle on your property
  • Surface and Groundwater Systems
  • How properties, catchments, regions and the planet are all connected by water & energy
  • Healthy and unhealthy water cycles
  • The basics of Landscape Rehydration
  • The range of strategies for rehydrating your farm's landscape

Understanding Your Farm's Landscape

1 Day
Learn to read and understand your farm's landscape better.

In this interactive 1 day workshop you learn how a farm is part of a landscape, how landscapes function and how to read your landscape. If you want to better understand the science behind rural landscape regeneration then this workshop is for you. We cover:

  • How to "see" your landscape using landscape thinking
  • About landscape patches: the building blocks of your farm's landscape
  • The water and nutrient cycles in rural landscapes
  • How energy flows and biodiversity functions in rural landscapes
  • Rural landscape health and why you need it!

Managing Erosion

1 Day
Deal with erosion on your place.

Knowing the type of erosion you are dealing with, how serious the problem is and how to fix the issue are important skills. In this 1 day workshop we explore all things erosion:

  • What is erosion
  • What causes erosion
  • The types of erosion
  • How to assess erosion
  • The different options for fixing erosion

Farm Mapping: using Google Maps

1 Day
Low cost farm mapping for property management.

In this 1 day workshop you will learn how to use Google Maps to help manage your property. We look at the basics of Google Maps and then practise creating a property map using Google Maps and Google Earth. We cover:

  • An intro to Google Earth & Google Maps
  • Creating a Base Layer
  • Creating Map Layers
  • Saving your Map
  • Sharing your Map

Rural Extension Workshops

Rural Extension: Doing It Well

1 Day
Improve your skills in rural extension using proven strategies and techniques.

This 1 day workshop is for NRM and agriculture professionals along with farmer leaders who want to improve the rural extension they do with their community. Resources are limited in many projects so extension needs to be done effectively to get long term change and capacity building. In this workshop we look at the essentials of rural extension:

  • What is rural extension
  • The 4 stages of Capacity Building
  • Change: what it is and how to facilitate it positively
  • Modern Extension: strategies and tactics
  • What makes a great extension activity

"Soil health can be a very dry topic. David engages people in this complex topic and explains soil health in a very simple way. But more than this, David drives home the importance of soil health to long term profitability, leaving farmers with practical tools they can take away."

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services NSW - Extension Team