Community groups join forces to promote diverse farming

WHILE Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast might evoke images of bulls, beaches and pineapples there are emerging treasures just outside the urban central Queensland centres.

Several small landholders are trying to buck the bull-and-beach trend the region is renowned for, with success in farming dairy goats, alpacas, small cattle breeds, zucchinis, tomatoes and other horticultural operations.

To help those landholders already in business, or those with big dreams to have a viable small farm, three community groups and Livingstone Shire Council have joined forces to hold a free community event.

The event will be at Swan Park, Yeppoon, on Saturday November 8 from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Regional Landcare facilitator Kate Wilson said information and services would be on offer to help manage properties for profit and sustainability, whether small landowners have a lifestyle block or are engaged in horticulture, grazing or other rural enterprises.

"Presentations will range from weed and feral animal control to permaculture and equine management, as well as healthy soils and property planning," Ms Wilson said.

"Small Landholder Days in the past have been a great example of collaboration and information sharing to assist landholders improve their animal health and land management."

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