The Small Farm Living Program offers support to smallholders in the NRM North region to care for their natural resources and achieve biodiversity and sustainable productivity goals on their small, non-commercial lifestyle properties.
In addition to the biennial Small Farm Living Field Day, held in partnership with Lilydale Landcare, the Small Farm Living Program benefits smallholders by facilitating knowledge sharing and skill development through smaller events and workshops, promoting the availability of funding for on-ground environmental work, facilitating smallholder property management planning and providing a web-based resource centre.
In 2012, NRM North recognised a growing need and opportunity to provide land management advice and support to smallholders in the region. An increase in ‘rural living’ properties was accompanied by an emerging sector of landowners with limited background in land management, often lacking in local support networks to approach for advice. Weed management and animal biosecurity are part of a broad spectrum of potential risks and issues addressed in the Small Farm Living Program, enabling the community to identify and care for the valuable natural resources in their area, creating a positive impact on wider conservation and biodiversity projects.
The Small Farm Living program began in July 2012 through funding provided by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund and has been supported through the National Landcare Program. Now self-funded, NRM North will deliver:
There are multiple ways for small landholders to get involved in the Small Farm Living Program:
The Property Management Planning resources and support provided by NRM North can assist you to:
Use the self-assessment guides, downloadable from our publications and resources, to undertake current and future scenario mapping. Landholders in the NRM North region are welcome to contact us to receive hard copy workbooks, advice and assistance with the self-assessment guides.
Return to the Biodiversity Program.
Safeguarding northern Tasmania as a refuge for Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Promoting the expansion and recovery of Giant Freshwater Lobster.
Working with community, government and key stakeholders to promote responsible cat management across Tasmania.