Agroforestry: multi-purpose tree growing
Agroforestry is the establishment and management of multi-purpose trees
on farms and rural properties.
OAN (Otway Agroforestry Network Ltd) is a landcare group that
encourages farmers to establish and manage trees for the reasons that
matter to them. Landholders in our region want trees on their farms to
shelter farm stock and crops; control soil erosion and dryland salinity;
enhance their property values; and, if at all possible, generate alternative
sources of income.
Fortunately, what is good for private landholders is also generally good for
their communities and our country: trees on farms can help improve the
water quality in our streams; enhance and connect wildlife habitats;
capture and store carbon dioxide; reduce the need to harvest our public
native forests; and, provide regional business and employment
OAN sees the strategic placement and management of trees and forests
on farms as an important part of the infrastructure that underpins the
economic, environmental and social values of our agricultural landscapes.
The role of the group is to help our members design and implement
projects that will achieve the range of benefits they are looking for.
After almost 20 years it is clearly evident that our approach leads to
landscape change - change that is driven by, and reflects, the diverse
needs and aspirations of those living within our rural communities.
If you think growing trees and shrubs might enhance your farm then OAN
is the group for you!
National Project Launch
The Australian Agroforestry Foundation National Project was launched by Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite on Tuesday 14th January 2014.
“We’re thrilled that the new government has recognised the importance of continuing the work of the Otway agroforestry Network and The Australian Master TreeGrower Program (MTG)”, said Rowan Reid, Managing Director of the not-for-profit Australian Agroforestry Foundation.
This funding will include a series of Australian Master TreeGrower courses that will run in regional areas around Australia including Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia,” said Rowan.
The MTG was established in 1996 by The University of Melbourne. Since then, more than 100 courses have been conducted, involving more than 2000 land managers across Australia.
“We will also provide training and support to regional Landcare groups so that they can trial the Peer Group Mentoring (PGM) concept that was developed by the Otway Agroforestry Network. It involves training farmers, then paying them to work with other landholders in their own region, as they design and implement agroforestry projects of their own.
“In the Otway region we have clearly demonstrated that involving farmers in the design and management of vegetation on their own land leads to a mix of trees and farming that supports, rather than displaces, rural communities, “ said Rowan.
For more information contact Rowan