Up into the Dandenongs – where locals are caring for their land and culture using social marketing, insects, innovative grazing and cultural tours

Visit Johns Hill LG and learn how they are applying ‘social marketing’ principles to engage landholders in managing weeds on their properties.

Their WeedCAP project works within local ‘weed neighbourhoods’ to improve cooperation and coordination of weed control to protect native vegetation, including the FFG-listed Emerald Star Bush

You will then be visiting FielderBerry Farm a 5 acre Upick Berry Farm in Cockataoo and their newly established bush food plots and demonstration ‘insectarium’ which attracts beneficial insects to provide pest management. Learn about Wurundjeri aspirations to get into commercial bush tucker production.

Lunch will be hosted at Elevation at Emerald where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a selection of tapas.

After lunch you will be visiting Ron and Marianne Sawyer’s property, transformed from a run-down 27-acre former rose farm into a model for sustainable farming.

A great example of a horse owner property which also has cattle with a cross-grazing management approach, best practiced manure management, protection of waterways and dam and two revegetation sites.

Before heading back to Melbourne, you will finish the day off with a Bullen Bullen Cultural Tour, the newly established Wurundjeri cultural heritage guided tour, funded through NLP. The tour will begin with a welcoming ceremony that tells of Wurundjeri history and culture and includes Tanderrum, the welcome and smoking ceremony, followed by a walk through mountain ash forest with Wurundjeri interpretive guides.

Cost $90.00 per person (includes transport, access to sites, a donation to the Wurundjeri cultural heritage tour, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

The Dandenong Ranges field trip will depart from Southern Cross Station at 8.30am on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

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