On-farm insectaries are areas of flowering plants that attract and maintain beneficial insect populations by providing shelter from highly disturbed crop areas as well as alternative food sources, namely pollen and nectar.
The goal of on-farm insectaries is to enhance diversity and abundance of beneficial insects on your farm to build resilience, particularly against seasonal variations and pest incursions. Join VegNET Victoria (Northern, Western and South-Eastern) for this webinar to learn more about on-farm insectaries and how to get started, including the benefits of planting native vegetation. Speakers include:
- Geoff Gurr, Charles Sturt University: Overview of project VG16062 which helped vegetable growers develop practical approaches to control pests through field and landscape management that support beneficial insects
- Karen Thomas, Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority: Key considerations when developing native vegetation insectaries on your farm, including variety selection and design
- Stephen Moore, E.E. Muir & Sons: Update on plantings in Werribee South, Victoria.