Exploring organic amendments - Coonawarra

9:00am Friday, 16 June 2023
4:00pm Friday, 16 June 2023
Coonawarra Hall
Lot 14 Memorial Drive
Coonawarra, South Australia 5263

Exploring organic amendments: the why and how of creating and using quality compost on farm


Friday 16 June  

9am - 4pm 

Coonawarra Hall, Memorial Drive


Presented jointly by the Australian Organics Recycling Association, AORA and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia, NASAA

Key Presenter: Tim Marshall, TM Organics and NASAA Chair and facilitated by Dr Melissa Fraser,  Soil Function Consulting

An opportunity to learn from two leading  SA experts in composting and organic farming in the beautiful Southeast region of South Australia.

Followed by site visit to Penley Estate where Hans Loder and Ehsan Sayad will discuss soil macrofauna diversity sampling and Penley’s experience with compost and their future plan for native seeding.

Why you should attend? 

  • Ideal training for agronomist working with and advising on biologicals for their clients
  • Increase your awareness of landscape evolution & what’s unique to the region (SE)
  • Increase your knowledge of the function of soil microbes & the role they play in creating healthy soils & plants
  • Increase your awareness of O’A’s and know what’s available locally
  • What makes good compost?
  • Know what to ask compost manufacturers to ensure quality & certification
  • Examine different approaches to making high quality compost at the scale required on farm
  • Compost blending theory & practical insights
  • Focus on regenerative and organic.

Who should attend? 

  • Agronomists 
  • Viticulturists, Horticulturists and Farmers 
  • Nursery and Garden 


  • AORA and NASAA Members - $20 incl GST 
  • Non-members - $25 incl GST 

Includes morning tea and lunch  

Registration opens at 8.30am, workshop to start at 9am 

Workshop will conclude at 2pm and site visit begin at Penley Estate at 2.30pm - 4pm  - your own transport will be required.   



If you are a NASAA Member - please contact Kate Parker (kate.parker@nasaa.com.au) to get your discount code prior to starting booking process.  This cannot be applied retroactively, so please ensure you have it before proceeding.  

***No refunds if you are unable to attend, however you can transfer your ticket to a colleague*** 


BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)  - our system works best on Chrome Browsers.    

How to use our booking system  (can be paid by credit card or invoice - payment must be received in our account prior to the event) 



Our booking system uses your email address to identify whether you are a member or not, therefore the system defaults to 1 ticket at a time (you will not be able to select more than one in the basket)  

To book your ticket, type in your email and click lookup.  If the system identifies you as a member, it will auto-populate your information and you can just add any dietary requirements.   If you need to purchase another ticket for another member, there is the option to add another in at the bottom of the box (do this as many times as you need for your booking and you can use your email to simplify the process.)  Then you will be able to go to the cart and proceed through the checkout as one bulk purchase. 

If you are a member, but it doesn't recognise your email address it means you are not linked to your business membership (and it will not apply member pricing to this ticket.)

To solve this you have two options  -1)  go to https://www.aora.org.au/membership and click the button that says sign up for an account to connect.  Put your email in here and click look up, find your business name (it may be listed as the registered trading name of the business) and click connect.  Your membership account administrator will need to approve your connection.  They simply need to login into their account and approve you.   

Option 2)  Send an email to Alex (alex@aora.org.au)  with the subject  Membership Connection Needed.  In the email please include the full name of the staff member, their email address and the registered/trading name of your business. Alex will endeavour to get your staff member linked as quickly as possible.  



For non-members, your email will not be found during lookup.  All you have to do is fill out your info and when you get to the checkout, you will be able to create a website user account to enable your transaction to take place in the secure payment portal. Our systems adds one person to a cart at a time, so if you need to purchase a second ticket,  the option will pop up.    NASAA members once you get to the cart you will be able to add your discount code.    

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Contact Information

Alex Hammett

If you are having trouble with our booking system please email Alex - alex@aora.org.au and she can organise an invoice for you

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