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Welcome to the Small Farms Network

The Small Farms Network is a free support service for people who live on or manage rural and peri-urban land on the south coast and southern highlands of NSW. The Network provides support to all landholders ranging from half a hectare to several hundred hectares. Members in our Network range from full time farmers/producers, to residents who visit their property on the weekend and live in Sydney.

A range of services are provided to assist you with your activities whether it be:

  • producing beef, sheep, goats, poultry, alpacas or worms
  • horticultural crops, farm forestry, bush tucker or vegetables for family or commercial production
  • weed control, pasture productivity and soil health advice
  • project planning for bushland, creek restoration or shelterbelts design
  • training workshops and field days on a wide range of topics

Kangaroo Valley Biodiversity Fund Project 2012-14

Building corridors for biodiversity, carbon stores & livestock shelter
This project aimed to establish up to 10km of vegetation corridors on cleared farming land in Kangaroo Valley, linking riparian corridors with on farm remnants and escarpment vegetation. The project worked with seven farms and establised over 7km and 8,000 tubestock, with much more work to be completed.
For more details, check out our project page or enjoy our project slideshow. .

Milton Rocks! Building a Sustainable Monzonite Landscape

The Croobyar Road catchment covers an approximate area of 3,500ha (agricultural land) and includes the important riparian corridors of Croobyar, Leaneys and Stoney Creeks. These three sub-catchments support the regionally significant Narrawallee Inlet and Burrill Lake Estuary systems.

During 2012-13, the Small Farms Network in partnership with the Croobyar Road Farming Group have been busy planting vegetation corridors across the landscape, revegetating Leaneys and protecting areas of Stoney and Croobyar Creeks.

For more details, check out our project page or enjoy our project slideshow.

With all the rain over the May / June 2013 period a number of projects are still to be added to our slideshow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy looking at the work completed by Julie Holstegge and the Croobyar Road Farming Group.

Berry Corridor Slideshow
The Small Farms Network has been working with landholders in the Berry Corridors area since 2004 (See Project Page). The main priority has been to protect Coomonderry Swamp from grazing pressure, establish vegetation corridors across the landscape and improve sustainable grazing practices through on farm extension workshops.

Check out some of our on-ground projects completed so far - click here.


Shoalhaven & Illawarra
Resource Guides

Resource Guide
Downloads and links to a variety of information on sustainable farming, NRM issues and recipes.

Beef Calendar of Operations
A guide to help manage your beef enterprise more efficiently
Available Now!

Illawarra Bushland Database
Vegetation survey data from across the Illawarra region from Helensburgh in the north, to the Shoalhaven                              River in the south.

Local Producer Networks

Shoalhaven Beef Producers Association
For local beef producers collectively working together to improve farm income

Sheep Network
Local breeders meet four times a year to discuss seasonal issues with local experts.
South Coast Goat Network
Are you a goat breeder, producer or have pet goats? Then this Network is for you.
Bee Keepers Network
A page dedicated to our members who are keen to network and learn more about backyard bee keeping..

Regional Projects

    Canon Australia Grant
    The project will document the work
    conducted by the Small Farms Network
    since 2004, including the onground
    projects, members stories and
    training events.

Berry Corridors  
Establishing vegetation corridors between Coolangatta Mountain and Moyean Hill

Revegetating the Milton Monzonite 
Sustainable Agriculture / NRM in the Croobyar Road Catchment

Regional Dung Beetle Survey
 Help us map dung beetle species across the Illawarra & Shoalhaven region



Page Updated: 6 April, 2015