Raised Beds

The aims of this RAIN project are to:

  • Demonstrate and investigate the effectiveness of raised bed farming for controlling waterlogging in previously untested environments including the central south coast and northern agricultural area.
  • Assess the effectiveness of engineered deepened seed beds and raised beds and surface water drainage works for managing salinity, in a moderate to low rainfall environment. 
  • Evaluate engineered deepened seed beds in the context of the over all farming system and investigate the integration of raised beds, deepened seedbeds and row cropping (tramline) technology.

Current trial sites:

  1. Owen & Terri Brownley’s farm at Mt Madden
  2. S & C Redman’s farm at Hopetoun

Sites have been established by the landholder with funding assistance of the National Landcare Program (NLP) through South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

This project was developed through consultation between local farming systems groups and the Department of Agriculture and Food. Furthermore the Department of Agriculture and Food provides technical support in site design, data collection and analysis. The project is managed by RAIN.