Saturday, September 02, 2006

Freeranger Eggs - part of the Biosphere program

Freeranger Eggs and the Blue Mountain Creek farm at Grantville is a part of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve. The farm participated in the Reserve's Business Environmental Sustainability Recognition Program which is all about working and living sustainably within the region.

Unfortunately not too many businesses are doing that yet. But it's early days. Hopefully there will be a greater acceptance of the program amongst business large and small as well as residents. It's really about raising awareness and understanding that we live in a special place!

On the farm we do things to ensure we have a small ecological footprint. We generate no adverse off-site impacts and we minimise inputs as much as possible. For example we don't use fertilisers brought in from elsewhere. We find that on-farm nutrient sources are sufficient to maintain our grass growth.

All creek lines are vegetated to ensure there is no nutrient run-off and a large part of the property is covered with native vegetation, linking the Grantville Flora and Fauna Reserve with the Bass River. Our river frontage and the adjoining land (which is owned by a sand extraction company) is the only remaining riparian forest left on the Bass.

For further details of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program have a look at

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