The Australian Master Tree Grower Program: Providing a sound foundation for Australian agroforestry

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  • Published: 13 Oct 2009

  • Author(s): Reid, Rowan, Deans, Wayne

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The Australian Master TreeGrower (MTG) Program has delivered more than eighty 8-day courses across Australia involving more than 1700 participants, 100 presenters and 30 partner organisations. During the course of this latest 3-year program the MTG has also worked with the Otway Agroforestry Network and other groups to developed and pilot the Peer Group Mentoring concept in which experienced landholders are engaged to support and assist other farmers in their agroforestry activities.

This review of the MTG highlights the importance of farmer-to-farmer communication and the development of information networks that provide a mutually respectful communication link between landholders and the researchers, policy makers, industry and government agencies that influence their land management decisions.