Bambra Agroforestry Farm 25 Years On
Bambra is 30 minutes west of Geelong. Our farm has been set up as an 'outdoor classroom' for agroforestry. It has certainly been a great learning experience for me:
Bambra Agroforestry Farm in 1987 (above) and in 2001 (below). As Aldo Leopold once wrote: growing trees is like "writing a history on the landscape".
My family have been farming in Australia since the mid 1800’s. When I got my opportunity I wanted to see if I could make forestry attractive to the farming community. Bambra Agroforestry Farm is set up as an outdoor classroom for practical field days and workshops. More than 5000 people have visited the farm since we began planting trees in 1987. Our aim is not to 'demonstrate' how farmers should grow trees but to provide a place where they can explore the opportunities that agroforestry might provide them on their farm and practical knowledge on how they might achieve their own goals.
Furniture made from 16-yr-old Shining Gum harvested from the creekside planting Bambra
Tours and Workshops at Bambra Agroforestry Farm
The farm displays more than 45 commercial tree species, various planting arrangements and practical management options. Over the years we've run hundreds of tours, field days and workshops on the farm for farmer groups, government agencies, international tours, schools and more. We've even built a classroom in the old shearing shed with a kitchen other facilties. Most tours include a visit to the outstanding nearby property of Andrew and Jill Stewart (Yan Yan Gurt West) and other local examples. For information about upcoming field-days and workshops or to organise a custom tour for your group contact Rowan or keep an eye on our home page.
Photos from some of the many tours:
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Tree Species at Bambra
Messmate - Eucalyptus obliqua
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