Andrew Bradey has spent his 30 year farming career exploring ways of integrating profitable agriculture with the effective conservation of native plants and wildlife.
His farm at Edenhope in the west of Victoria is managed for sheep, cattle and conservation. As an active participant in both the Edenhope based Kowree Farm Tree Group and also in the larger landscape-scale conservation project Habitat 141 Andrew has successfully promoted the incorporation of conservation into agricultural practice to other land managers well beyond his own farm boundary.
Andrew regards the Environmental Farmers Network as a valuable and complementary tool to further promote environmentally friendly agriculture and particularly to influence government policy.
Ross and Fran McDonald manage a 800 ha cropping property East of Kaniva in the West Wimmera. One quarter
of the farm is remnant vegetation, a large portion being part of the Merwyn Swamp - one of the districts
In the past 15 years 30 hectare of revegetation work has connected isolated remnants and helped protect the
wetlands from the impacts of the farming activities.
Trust for Nature has worked with the McDonalds to place protective covenants on all the remnants and
assisted with rehabilation work.
The property is managed to minimise the damage agricultural activities can have on the evironment.
Ross and Fran are foundation members af Kaniva landcare and work with Project Hindmarsh. Ross is
also a Wimmera representative on the Victorian Landcare Council.
Peter and Christine Forster are partners in an 800ha wool and prime lamb family property south of Ararat.
They have undertaken extensive landcare work protecting and enhancing the Hopkins River and Captains Creek as well as grassy woodlands in the Bullock Hills. The farm has Land for Wildlife status. Some 20% of the farm has been fenced and revegetated, including all riparian zones. They are currently planning an increase in native vegetation cover on more marginal granite country to provide carbon offsets under the Carbon Farming Initiative.
They belong to, and are actively involved in, several rural-residential and rural landcare groups: Ararat Landcare Group, Upper Hopkins Land Management Group and Ararat Regional Biolinks Group.
They are also involved in catchment management issues at other levels and have a long standing interest in rural and regional development.
John and Robin Pettigrew have an irrigation property at Bunbartha, north of Shepparton in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley.
John is a Board member of GV Community Energy and a presenter with the Climate Reality Project.
John, prior to retirement in 2011 had been growing fruit all his life.
His involvement in the canning fruit industry combined grower organizations and 13 years as a Director of SPC Ltd.
John has also held office in many irrigator organizations including as a Director of Goulburn Murray Water.
John has also been a Director of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority following over 20 year’s contribution to resource management in Salinity Action plans and land protection organizations.
John and Robin are locally involved in Landcare and the Goulburn Valley Environment Group.
MairiAnne Mackenzie works on her family’s wool-growing property. About 12% of the farm, including creeklines and remnant vegetation has so far been freed up from commercial obligations. Efforts are being made to run the farm with less reliance on agricultural chemicals, and plans are underway to covenant part of the property. MairiAnne has been involved with Landcare and has been a member of the VFF.
Tom and Sarah Guthrie run a farming business producing wool, prime lambs and wine. These activities occur at Thermopylae on the eastern edge of the Grampians National Park, on a 1300 ha property of which 50% is preserved in its natural bush state.
Tom and Sarah are members of Landcare, Land for Wildlife, VPNA and the CFA.
Tom is currently writing a book on the early life of his family in Australia which he hopes to complete in time for the family’s 150 year celebration (in 2014) of the ownership of Rich Avon in the Wimmera district of Victoria.