Soil Improvement with Recycled Organics in the Adelaide Hills

9:00am Wednesday, 6 November 2019
1:30pm Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Longview Vineyard
Pound Road
Macclesfield, South Australia 5153

Soil Improvement with Recycled Organics in the Adelaide Hills, Longview Vineyard - Wednesday 6th Nov 2019

 Presented Jointly by the Adelaide Hills Wine Region and Australian Organics Recycling Association, AORA


Leading Industry Speakers in Soil Assessment and Improvement

This Seminar will provide growers with a solid introduction to key attributes of soil health and opportunities for improvement:

  • Introduce principals of biological input farming, regenerative agriculture and approaches for improving organic matter, building soil carbon and general soil health that benefits the entire ecosystem not just the above ground vines.

  • An understanding of the benefits of increasing soil carbon including lifting yields, quality, improving soil consistency and water holding capacity.

  • Techniques for assessing soil health and application techniques for biological inputs, including recycled organics such as compost, mulch and biochar.


Regional Soil Health Insight –  Henschke Vineyards

Craig Markby, Viticulturalist of Henschke Vineyards has shared his insights with AORA recently on his experience of using compost in vineyards including addressing the challenges of compost application on steep blocks using the Jolly Spreader. The Jolly Spreader benefits will be outlined including targeted and quicker application of compost on slopes giving a payback on the machine through labour savings of just one year.

Stay Engaged on Soil Health

Following the seminar, growers will have the option to nominate to be part of a “Building Regional Soil Health Champions” focus group.

AORA will stay in touch with and connect those who nominate in order to identify and promote examples of best practice in soil improvement with recycled organics, including with reference to the AORA Compost for Soils resources:

AORA SA Associate Member Speakers:

Tim Marshall, TM Organics 

A leader in organic agriculture and certification in Australia for 35 years and a significant contributor to organic standards and certification in worldwide forums. Tim will speak on fundamental elements of regenerative and biological farming.


Oli Madgett

Co-Founder of Platfarm, the organiser of Adelaide Ag Tech Meetup Group and runs a vineyard with his family in the McLaren Vale. Oli will describe the use of soil mapping and aerial imaging in precision application of compost and demonstrate features of Platfarm that facilitate farmers to assess soil carbon farming opportunities.


This project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and NRM levies.

Booking process


Non - Members - Put the number of tickets you would like, then click add to cart.  Depending on your browser, you may have to scroll up to the cart at the top of the page.  Click on checkout and then you will be promped to login (if you have previously purchased with AORA) or you will need to click to right, and create your account. You will then be able to purchase via invoice or credit card. 

Members - You need to be a member to access member prices.  If you have previously created an account,  click on member login at the top right of the website and then you can follow the instructions below.   If you are a staff member, of a member organisation, and you are yet to create an account you need to go to and click the button that says sign up for an account to connect.  Put your email in here and click look up, find you business name (it may be listed as the registered trading name) and click connect.  Your account administrator will need to approve your connection.  They need to login to their account to do so.  Once this is done, you can then purchase for the member price.  (Please note this is just a one off process to link you to the business membership in the new AORA system).  

Once you have an account,  Put the number of tickets you would like, then click add to cart/purchase event.  Depending on your browser, you may have to scroll up to the cart at the top of the page.  Click on checkout and the members price will be reflected in your shopping cart.  You will  be able to purchase via invoice or credit card. 



$55.00 *
$55.00 *
* Price includes GST where applicable

Contact Information

AHWR Members – this is a free event (also for other regional growers). Please RSVP to AHWR Grower Engagement Officer, Sarah Carlson

AORA Members and any other enquiries to Uma Preston, 0452 537 266 or

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