Local Land Services develops new program for small acre landholders

Program for small acreage

We know every landholder is passionate about looking after their piece of the landscape puzzle. That's why Local Land Services (LLS) has developed the new Every Bit Counts program to help small acre landholders manage the risks and rewards of rural land ownership.

From caring for backyard chickens and being aware of farm safety to managing weeds and water, the program has the right tools to help you understand the environmental, production and biosecurity considerations of rural land management.

Project coordinator Jane Lloyd-Jones said the four-year program is all about connecting people with their local networks and building their land management knowledge and skills.

"Small farm managers and lifestyle block owners play an important role in our landscape and the rural community," Jane said. "Our experience is that many want to support their neighbours, environment and local farming industry, but don't know where to start.

"Through funding from the NSW Environmental Trust we have been able to support on-ground extension officers and build this online education portal that will help connect the more than 130,000 small landholders with properties from 2-20 hectares across our state."

The Every Bit Counts education portal can be found on the LLS wesbsite and contains resources full of tips and tricks for managing smaller pieces of the landscape puzzle.

Jane is encouraging small farm managers and 'lifestyle' landholders to visit the site and sign up to the 'Blockies Bootcamp' - a free email education series designed to cover the fundamentals of rural land management.

"You can also look up your local small farm network and connect with other like-minded land managers," Jane said.

To find out more visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au/ebc