Water Catchment

Encouraging biodiversity and protecting waterways.

Bess and her neighbour Kevin manage adjoining properties along Main Creek on the Mornington Peninsula. Bess talks about how the design of the farm fosters the health of her milking goat herd while encouraging biodiversity and protecting the creek, while Kevin shows us the features of Main Creek that demonstrate its health and explains the water test data he collects regularly. Both explain how fencing off riparian habitat benefits both livestock and the waterway.

Bess discusses changes over the last 30 years on their property as they revegetate the riparian zone and create wildlife corridors. How do you think the food economy affects farmers like Bess taking a long-term approach to custodianship of their land?