: Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

 Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)




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Green Gate Organic Farm acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which we farm. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Biodiversity on the farm

 

The farms use of Agro-ecolocical principles preserves bio-diversity in the system ensuring the farms resilience. Resident and neighbouring native animals are all part of the Argo-ecological system.

Green Gate Organic farm holds great environmental significance. The farm located in Thurgoona, well known for its biodiversity is not far from the Murray River. Thurgoona has retention of a relatively large, but fragmented network of remnant vegetation, described mostly as Box Gum Grassy Woodland. Half of the 400 acre farm is native bush and is home to more than just our grazing stock. Some of which are endangered species like the ‘Sloanes froglet’. 

 
Green Gate Organic Farm is part of a special nationwide network of vegetative connective corridors. These corridors are important to migrational Fauna acting as habitat and stepping stones for native animals large and small. Apart from permanent resistents, the farm caters as a seasonal home to the likes of the native Rainbow Bee Eater. This bird travels down from Asia/northern Australia to breed here in Spring.

One of the greatest threats facing our native wildlife is the loss of habitat. Species like the Sloanes Froglet now face extinction because of habitat loss. Important populations of the Sloanes Froglet occur in a few places in NSW. Thurgoona being one of them. The Sloanes froglet is currently declared as Vulnerable on the Threatened Species List NSW.  

The interns, AKA managers of the farm learn from the main teacher, the farm itself. The interns continuously monitor and record species lists for the farm. These records act as indicators and suggest possible trends of how on the farms eco-system is tracking. A proactive approach to the the likes of the success of the Sloanes froglet presence suggests we are on track in keeping the bio-diversity and resilience within the landscape
 

Our customers: the stake holders, share common principles. These shared values engage the community in taking ownership in protecting biodiversity and food security for future generations.
 
Students studying a Diploma in Organic farming learn the value in a diverse farm eco-system. Some students in the past have coincided their studies with other sustainable courses like Conservation and Land Management