Material from the RMIT University Hamilton archives' Potter Farmland Plan Collection will feature in a new book and film commemorating the Ian Potter Foundation's 50th anniversary.
The Potter Farmland Plan (PFP) was an innovative 1980s land management intervention project in the Hamilton region conceived to address, in part, farmland degradation.
Ian Potter Foundation researcher Jim Vale has been at RMIT Hamilton preparing the material.
"The story these Potter Farmland Plan archives tell is truly inspirational - a testament to the work done by people from both the local community and further afield to transform the way we care for our precious farmland and environment," Mr Vale said.
"It's marvellous to see such a well-preserved collection, telling a story of truly national significance."
Filmmakers have been in the region in recent weeks to film this iconic project.
RMIT Hamilton's archive is an extensive and unique collection of documents, plans photos, slides, maps and charts which together, tell the story of a momentous plan to address land decline.
Farmers from Wando Vale, Melville Forest, Bulart and Glenthompson regions participated in the project and helped pioneer the Whole Farm Plan approach and other actions with support from the Potter Foundation.
As a result, the PFP attracted visitors from all over Australia and internationally as farmers passed on their learning and experience as active farm managers.
RMIT Senior Manager in Hamilton, Dr Kaye Scholfield, said the archives were a valuable asset to our region and the nation.
"They hold invaluable material relating to Potter, pre-Landcare which is now a model adopted internationally," she said.
The initial collection was rescued from a Melbourne warehouse by RMIT researcher Mary Johnson and has been augmented over the last 10 years by contributions from a range of people associated with the PFP. The Handbury Family and Potter Foundation have supported the archives.
Media note: A high-resolution photo is available.
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