Wet Tropics Soilcare (WETS)
November 20, 2017
Soil biology testing workshop
On-farm at Mareeba
Contact Carmen to register your interest
Wet Tropics Soilcare (WETS) formed in November 2014 with 50 members as a direct result of Terrain NRM’s intensive farmer soil health program, Digging Deeper. It is an incorporated association in Queensland and a registered Landcare group with two main objectives:
- To help members learn about improving the productive capacity of their soil
- To share that knowledge amongst its members
Its members are drawn mostly from the Wet Tropics region, but also as far west as Dimbulah, north to Cape York and south to Townsville. They represent almost every
agricultural industry in the Wet Tropics: sugar cane, bananas, avocadoes, tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla, cocoa, vegetables; agronomic services, agricultural suppliers, extension services, natural resource management organisations. WETS does not support one agricultural system over another. It welcomes anyone (conventional, organic, biodynamic, ‘biological’) who has an interest in learning more about soil function.
Understanding how to improve and maintain soil is the foundation of sustainable agriculture. WETS aims to empower farmers with the knowledge and skills necessary to regenerate the productive capacity of their farms for both profit and quality through understanding how to
enhance the biological activity in the soil.
Biologically active soil:
- promotes healthy pasture and crop growth and contributes to a healthy ecosystem
- contains more organic matter which vastly increases its water holding capacity for greater resilience in both drought and flood.
- produces higher nutrient density food, stores more carbon and drains clean water into our river systems.
WETS currently supports a number of on-farm trials and regular skill-building workshops, often with invited experts.
Contact Chair: Mal Everett firstname.lastname@example.org