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Ballarat Biological Farming Roundtable

Biological Farming Roundtable events travel around Australia helping farmers explore innovative, low input, regenerative, profitable and productive farming systems.

The events are usually hosted by a leading farmer in the area and are supported by educational speakers, empowering those who attend to use the tools of nature available to regenerate land and grow nutrient-dense food profitably. This month our hosts are North Central CMA and Central Victorian Regenerative Farmers. 

NB $40 includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (fresh fruit provided, those with dietary needs please BYO)

KEY SPEAKER: Agroecologist David Hardwick from Soil Land Food

David is an agroecologist with over 20 years of experience in rural landscapes, farming and food systems. David is passionate about supporting farmers to develop a better understanding of soil health and regenerative farming practices, as such he runs extension programs through Soil Land Food.

David aims to empower farmers with knowledge and skills through the extension services he provides so farmers feel confident to make their own agronomic and farm planning decisions. He makes soil health and function fun and easy to understand.


9.30 am  – Morning Tea on arrival

10:00am  – Introductions

  • Farmer Circles

10.45am – Key speaker – David Hardwick – Soil Land Food

  • Soil Health Competition – Bring a cube of Soil  – Prizes to be won!
  • Soil health and function presentation

12.15pm – Lunch

1pm – Nakala Maddock 

  • The science of vermiculture for next-generation farming.

1.30pm – In-field Soil Assessment (David Hardwick)

  • Stretch the legs and learn how to assess your soil health

2.30pm –  Making Bioferments on farm (David Hardwick)

  • Looking at simple recipes to make a range of biofertilisers on farm

3.15pm – Afternoon tea

3.30pm – Panel Questions

  • Q & A

The event is finished.


06 Apr 2022


9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Coghills Creek Community Hall
803 Coghills Creek Rd, Coghills Creek VIC 3364, Australia



Biological Farming Roundtable Podcast

Join NutriSoil host, Nakala Maddock, as she interviews regenerative farmers that are turning the tides in agriculture by reducing chemical inputs, rebuilding nature’s natural solar, mineral and water cycles and returning nutrient integrity back into the food chain. Listen to Podcasts

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Rachelle Armstrong
Owner/Director, NutriSoil

Rachelle grew up on a dairy/beef property in Yackandandah, Victoria. She studied Health Science with Honours in Public Health before living and working in Sri Lanka for 3 years as a Community Health Facilitator. Rachelle then worked as a Youth & Community Development Officer for 3 years with the Shire of Nannup. Her father, Graham Maddock, an innovative farmer, developed vermiculture (worm) products in the 1980s, now known as NutriSoil. Eager to support the connection of food production and human health, Rachelle helped build the NutriSoil business which uses education and networking to heal the world from the ground up.