farming organically, we are managing our property in a sustainable
way. We continue to improve our soil fertility with the addition of
compost and the use of mulching for weed control. By not using
artificial chemicals in the form of pesticides, herbicides or
fertilizers, we are protecting the soil microflora as well as the
environment at large. In addition to our organic practices, we have
undertaken other initiatives to both protect and enhance the
environmental heritage of our property.
Drover's Rest was registered in 1999 by the current owners as a
"Land for Wildlife" property with the Western Australian Government
CALM scheme for assisting landholders to manage privately owned
bushland for nature conservation values. A Land for Wildlife officer
has surveyed the property to assess the existing condition of
vegetation, and suggested recommendations for forest maintenance and
regeneration, which the owners are undertaking. Drover's Rest is
part of a wildlife corridor in the region east of Bridgetown, which
connects wildlife sanctuaries through farmland remnant vegetation
from the Hester forest conservation area to the Blackwood River to
In addition to the Land for Wildlife initiative, Drover's Rest
has become certified as a "Best Farms" member of a regional scheme
to manage the environmental impact of member farms in the Blackwood
Basin Catchment Group. Each farm works under an audited
Environmental Management System aimed at farming and managing land
in a sustainable manner both locally and within the catchment area.
The Management System addresses issues such as salinity prevention,
soil degradation, water
conservation, waste management, etc., in fact comprehensive
management of all environmental issues pertinent to this region of
the South West of Western Australia.
In recognition of our environmental conservation efforts, in
2005 we were awarded a National Landcare Award by Landcare
Australia and in 2008 the Merit Award in the farmer category in the
National EMS Association Awards for our environmental management
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In accordance with our
environmental policy we are working with the environment,
including its insects, birds and animals to maintain a balanced
system in which pest control is self managed. We have no need to use
To protect our crops from animals, we have installed high fencing
around all growing areas, along with rabbit mesh buried at the
bottom, thereby excluding both rabbits and kangaroos.
that biodiversity is the key to our success.