Hawkesbury Farm

The Hawkesbury farm is a key asset of the Hawkesbury campus, reflecting the continuing contemporary relevance of agriculture and associated environmental management in a peri-urban context. The farm operates in close association with resources such as that provided by the Hawkesbury Water Recycling Scheme and environmental risk management across the campus, as outlined by the conference paper on Risk management, recycled water and urban agriculture. Farm operations encompass:

  • Commercial animal production (cattle and sheep) supported by pastures and fodder crops irrigated by recycled water and river water.
  • Renewal of critical infrastructure, such as for irrigation, fencing and stock management.
  • Technical support for teaching and research associated with animal science and production, horticulture, animal physiology and behaviour, landscape management, food nutrition.
  • Support for collaborative research such as undertaken by Hawkesbury Institute (eg. Native grass production with Greening Australia), and the School of Science & Health (eg health risk management and recycled water, and feral animal pest management).
  • Horticultural production of planting stock to reduce costs associated with garden and landscape refurbishment.
  • Research and teaching products, such as insect food for reptile and marsupial research and teaching facilities, and developing plant production of herbs utilised for complementary medicine.
  • Land management to address environmental risks (weed and pest management, bush fire mitigation), and maintain active stewardship of the broader campus lands.