Webinar - Restoring Farmland Soils in our Mediterranean Environment

23 July

Join Lower Blackwood LCDC for this topical & informative discussion.

Here in the South West our farms typically have lush green annual pastures throughout winter & spring, with minimal active growth throughout the summer. Reports taken from the time of European settlement in southern Australia tell a different story, a story of rich plant diversity and of more summer active than winter-active plants in the original vegetation. Nature clearly intended that there be no 'dead' seasons. How was it possible in our hot, dry summers? The answer lay in the water holding capacity of the soil.

How can it be done?
How can we:

  1. increase the water holding capacity of our soils

  2. achieve flourishing communities of beneficial soil microbes

  3. maintain year round species rich pastures, &

  4. itransition from a solely winter/spring annual pasture system to a more perennial system?

Find answers to these questions and more in Lower Blackwood Catchment's next webinar  – ‘Restoring Farmland Soils in our Mediterranean Environment’ with Australian soil ecologist Dr Christine Jones.

In this special 1.5 hour webinar, Dr Jones will explain the truly amazing connections between plants, microbes & the soil, and how a positive feedback loop between them all can work to restore our farmland soils.


We are delighted to bring to you internationally renowned & highly respected ground cover & soils specialist, Dr. Christine Jones.

Armed with a PhD (Soil Biochemistry), Christine also has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.

In 2001, Christine received a Community Fellowship Award from Land and Water Australia for “mobilising the community to better manage their land, water, and vegetation.” Three years later she launched Amazing Carbon as a means to widely share her vision and inspire change.

In her long career Christine has published more than 50 scientific papers on soil science, and has organised and participated in workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, and around world.

Christine is no stranger to Western Australia, visiting annually since 1983. She presented a ‘Managing the Carbon Cycle’ Forum and launched the Australian Soil Carbon Accreditation Scheme in Katanning in 2007.


When: Thursday July 23rd, 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Where: You can participate in this webinar from the comfort of your own home!

How: Once you book your ticket you’ll receive a confirmation with a link to register for the webinar.

As this is a LIVE online webinar you'll be able to ask questions during and after the presentation.

After the webinar we'll send you:

  • Access to the recording of the webinar

  • A PDF of the presentation

Cost: $22/participant


This webinar is being hosted by the "Lower Blackwood Catchment" LCDC.
For more information, click here

This webinar has been made possible through the Augusta Margaret River Shire Environmental Management Fund.