In this weeks podcast I am talking with Josh Brown from the Hurunui District Landcare Group to hear about the work they are doing to improve water quality in North Canterbury
I have spoken to a number of people over recent months who are involved with various catchment groups and their farmer and community members, and they are all committed to better water quality outcomes; the The Hurunui District Landcare Group is no different. It is farmer-led, it is farmer-driven and they take a proactive and collaborative approach to managing, protecting and enhancing the natural and physical resources both on-farm and within North Canterbury's unique catchment communities.
The group has three catchment farm advisors whose role is to:
- Lift farmers' understanding of the environmental challenges and opportunities for their property and community
- Provide expert advice which supports farmers through changing environmental regulations and assist farmers to develop Farm Environment Plans for their properties
- Identify opportunities to introduce Technical Experts who can run topic-specific workshops (e.g. integrating forestry into a farming operation)
- Support farm ‘clusters’ to address localised issues and help drive change at the community level
- Highlight the available funding frameworks to support on-farm environmental work.
If you are keen to find out more or get involved head to their website hurunuilandcaregroup.co.nz for more info.
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Listen to the podcast to get the full story and full perspectives from a key scientist involved in this work.
Angus Kebbell is the Producer at Tailwind Media. You can contact him here.