Down along the Mornington Peninsula – where locals are teaching kids, making cheese, growing flowers, and making wine in ways that care for their land.

Your first stop in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula will be visiting Balcombe Creek Habitat Project which involves local school kids making homes for wildlife. The project has now been running for three years and currently sees two local primary schools participating every week.

Moving on to Main Ridge Dairy, a farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy located in Main Ridge. The property milks 180 goats on their130-acre farm. You will see a great example of a goat farm that has successfully combined care of the land with a successful economic enterprise.If you’re lucky you may even be able to purchase some local produce in the farm shop.

Lunch will be hosted at Green Olive Red Hill – The farm grows olives, grapes, herbs and veggies, raise sheep and chooks and turn amazing produce from local farmers into a range of goodies. Sit back,relax and enjoy a glass of wine and a Chef’s selection of tapas share-plates featuring Green Olive Red Hill’s farm produce and dessert. The farm shop will also be open and attendees are welcome to purchase various items available.

With bellies full the field trip will move on to Balnarring for a guided visit of the Allchin Property – a 7 hectare property with 2 hectare planted with native flowers for floriculture. Malcom Allchin has established windbreaks, an environmental wetland, and is incorporating land management practices to reduce his use of herbicides and water. On top of this Malcolm is also a beekeeper and he maintains sentinel hives for the varroa mite.

Finishing off the day you will visit Vaughan Vineyard, the site of the successful ‘compost under vines’ trials delivered under the PPWCMA’s RLF project that demonstrated savings in water use,improvement in soil condition, and protection from temperature extremes, and has led to a rapid uptake of the practice across the peninsula. Hear from Joe Vaughan,wine grape grower, and others for what this has meant to them.

Cost $90.00 per person (includes transport, morning tea, access to sites, lunch and afternoon tea).

The Mornington Peninsula field trip will depart from Federation Square at 8.30am on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

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