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Know your soils workshops

11/08/2014

​Landcare works with Dalby High School Students to better understand soils

Paddocks from the Dalby State High School Bunya Campus have recently been sampled and the soils analysed for their chemical and physical properties, with the results to be revealed in two practical hands-on “Know your Soils” workshops in August.

The project, which is also being repeated at Pittsworth and Clifton High Schools, is an Australian Government Caring for your Country Project being run by Cambooya Landcare and staff from the Department of Natural Resources.

Landcare Coordinator Vicki Green says “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about their soils to be involved, as the workshops are open to the general public. The first workshop will focus on soil properties, and participants will be able to get their hands dirty conducting simple tests on the different soil types. In the second workshop we will look closely at the specific soil tests taken at the school, the results and what it means for on-farm decision making.”

The opportunity for the students at Dalby State High School and other members of the community to have interaction with experienced soil scientists fits very well with the focus on agriculture that is developing at the school. Year 11 and 12 Agricultural Science students will be participating in the workshops to help with their assessment for semester two this year.

The workshops will be at the Bunya Campus of the Dalby State High School on Thursday 21st and Friday 28th August from 12:45-2:45pm. To register your interest, please contact the school office on 4669 0900.