Sustainable Farms draws upon research programs across the Australian National University, focussing on three key research topics:
Healthy Farms: Monitoring biodiversity and valuing ecosystem services in production landscapes
Healthy Farmers: Exploring links between farmer mental health and natural resource management.
Healthy Profits: Estimating the value of natural assets for farm profitability and financial resilience, and identifying financial tools to support farmers.
Some of the types of projects include:
- Farm dam enhancements to provide higher quality drinking water, farm productivity and native wildlife habitat
- Revegetation for increased biodiversity
- Management of rocky outcrops for farm biodiversity and nutrient cycling
- Studying the application of ‘shelter belts’ on farms to reduce moisture loss and protect livestock from windchill
- The conservation and management of scattered paddock trees
- Application of riparian Restoration (revegetation corridors along streams and rivers)
- Drought resilience
For detailed information please see the Sustainable Farms website.