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  • Mark Tupman
    Mark Tupman
    Agroecologist, Productive Ecology

    For over two decades Mark has been active in the fields of organic/biodynamic production, permaculture, sustainability, agro-ecology and holistic management and in between times managed an orchard, animals and food gardens on his own property. Through his business, Productive Ecology, Mark provides consultation and education & training in the establishment of integrated living production systems. In addition to his consulting work, Mark works as the horticulture project manager at the Witchcliffe Ecovillage development and as a project consultant to the Lower Blackwood Landcare Group


Lower Blackwood LCDC Office
403 Kudardup Rd, Kudardup WA 6288
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08 Feb 2024


8:45 am - 3:30 pm

Optimising Plant Nutrition for Growers

Effective and Efficient Strategies for Lowering Inputs and Improving Production

Ensuring that the plants we grow get the nutrition they need is important for the robust growth, pest and disease resistance, and yield outcomes we want from our enterprise programs. Current agricultural trends however are seeing a a decline in soil health, this is accompanied by a greater reliance on finite and increasingly costly fertilisers, and inceasing environmental issues that are associated with such practices.

More than ever, there is both an economic and ecological imperative for management practices that look after our soil so that we get better nutrient retention, delivery and cycling, and well informed, targeted fertiliser applications, to achieve desirable plant performance outcomes with minimal waste. 

In this one-day workshop with Mark Tupman of Productive Ecology, we will cover the underlying principles and fundamentals of how to:

  • Build Fertile and Functional Soils 
  • Determine the Nutritional Status of Soils and Plants 
  • How to Best Apply Nutrients to the Soil and Plants
  • Develop Sound Nutritional Programs for our Crops/Pastures

The day will also include a practical session making and applying nutritional amendments.

Event Logistics:

When? Thursday February 8th 2024, 8.45am to 3.30pm

Where?  Lower Blackwood LCDC Office, 403 Kudardup Road, Kudardup WA 6290

Cost? This event is sponsored by Soil Wise and is complementary for attendees.

What else? Morning Tea & Lunch provided. BYO refillable water bottle, wear appropriate farm footwear, and dress for the weather.

This event is supported by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Environmental Management Fund and Soil Wise. Soil Wise is funded by the National Landcare Program Smart Farms Small Grants – an Australian Government initiative. It is supported by Healthy Estuaries WA – a State Government program.

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