Caring for the Earth

Some ways we ‘care for the Earth’

photo shows gum trees on higher slopesoils – High rainfall, often very heavy, falls on northeast Victoria.  It can easily erode bare soils on steep land.  Can you see the rocks in this photo to the left showing the slope of the landTo combat this, we have planted native tree reserves into our gullies.

Local wildlife – 

There is a lot of native forest  in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range where we live. (Did you notice gum trees on our steep slopes in the photo.)

Native (and feral) wildlife often come from the forest to find food and water (at the dam) on our farm.

Kangaroos, wombats and feral pigs frequently graze with the cattle. This can be a problem for us when the pasture feed is of silhouette of cockatoo nut tree

Parrots and galahs often come to the orchards. Most years they destroy the nut blossom or eat the nuts  –  before we can harvest most of the nuts!

Can you find the silhouette of the Gang-Gang Cockatoo pecking the almond tree in the centre of this photo on the right?

Discover what this bird needs for shelter and food from the Gang Gang Cockatoo webpage of the Museum of Victoria . Which of these needs is provided by the nut trees in our orchard?

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Photos by C. White (cc) 2014  .
Permission is given for this information to go on the family farms website by C. White 2014
last update 24/2/2014