Mid Lachlan Landcare is pleased to introduce Trudi Refshauge. Her skills in education, journalism, agriculture and Landcare have enabled us to offer her the roll of Education Officer. Trudi’s role is to engage with local schools and the wider community about environmental conservation and agricultural sustainability. She also presents to visiting schools and universities that take part in our Educational Tours.
Trudi is a beef producer from Wyangala Dam where she practices Holistic Management and has developed her own version of low stress stock handling. Regularly spotted stopping boat traffic near the dam where her stock run on both sides of the road, drivers are often surprised to see her stop/go hand signals work equally effectively on her herd of cattle.
Trudi has spent the last decade developing and leading a successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen – Garden Program at Wyangala Dam Primary School. In that time, the school community has gained a wealth of experience growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing a range of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Trudi has also introduced her students to learning about healthy soils and biodiversity through native seed collecting and propagation, building a shrub and tree corridor on a travelling stock route, bird watching, worm farming and building a Bee B&B Hotel.
Trudi has been heavily involved with the Hovells Creek Landcare Group (HCLG). Two decades ago, it started with many devoted hours helping her horticulturalist mother-in-law (to-be) propagate native seeds and grow seedlings for any landholder in the district who wanted them. She has since partaken in biological weed control and native seed collection programs and actively planted out numerous native shrub and tree corridors. Trudi has held voluntary positions of Press Officer and Secretary for the HCLG and hosted a number of functions for HCLG in her and her husband’s historic homestead. Her influence has extended over 60,000 hectares of land in the HCLG region.
In 2015 Trudi was contracted by The Great Eastern Ranges K2W (Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala) Link to join a group of teachers to develop an educational resource for Primary Schools supporting biodiversity and in particular, the threatened Squirrel Glider.
Trudi is skilled at writing, and in 2011 was a prize winner in Orange Library’s Banjo Patterson Writers Short Story Competition. She has had a range of environmentally focussed articles published in the local Cowra Guardian.