The Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt visited the Jinglemoney Soil Carbon Project located just outside of Braidwood NSW along with local MP and Assistant Finance Minister Dr Peter Hendy on Monday 16 May. The farm owner is Rodney Royds, a fifth generation farmer that has lived and worked in the Braidwood area all of his life. Jinglemoney has been a family owned and operated farm for over 60 years. The property is approximately 500 hectares and runs cattle and sheep.
This trial, funded by the NSW EPA and supported by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council, is designed to demonstrate that an increase in soil fertility using compost in combination with specific management practices will be an effective African Lovegrass management program. Increased soil fertility will encourage improved pasture species to outcompete and reduce weeds
This project, funded by the ACT Government, measures the increases in carbon captured from the air, increased water holding capacity thereby reducing the cost of watering, reduced amounts and cost of chemical fertilizers as well as building healthier soils – all from increasing the soil organic matter.