Organic meal in a box

A simple cardboard box turns out to be lot more than just an intentionally plain and brand-free box. Not only is it full of healthy organic food, but the box also represents an alternative to the global commercialisation of food production and consumption, as well as being a symbol … Read More

Low-tech living in a light-earth house

No fridge, doing the laundry by hand, and carting composted humanure around in a wheelbarrow are not everyone’s cup of tea, but for Wolfgang Hiepe and his wife, Sabine Drueckler-Heipe, it’s a good lifestyle. Theresa Sjoquist finds out why they’ve prioritised resilience and independence over convenience.   Wolfgang and Sabine emigrated from Germany in 1987, full of verve … Read More

A taniwha in the garden

Living willow sculptures can add fun, exploration and even legendary creatures to a garden, as Jen Rodgers discovers during a project at Warrington School, north of Dunedin.   Tucked down the back of the school, past the swimming pool, is a little white … Read More

Beauty and the feast

A passion for our natural heritage, an imaginative artistic vision, and some determined scrounge-hounding has resulted in the destination café that is Eutopia, in Northland’s Kaiwaka. Theresa Sjöquist tries the coffee and finds out what’s behind the scenes.  First opened in 2001, Eutopia Café had fallen into disrepair when Marijke Valkenburg and her husband Robert ter Veer bought it in 2014. They imagined … Read More

Grassroots and global

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Being served cooked rat and unwittingly drinking rice alcohol spiked with dead eagle are just a couple of the things Chris and Jenny May experienced as they travelled the world, advising, supporting and building organic networks. Sue Gilmer finds out more about what these organic stalwarts have done over the last half century.  Scroll down to access the full … Read More

Learning by growing

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In the picturesque seaside town of Riverton, west of Invercargill, a school garden is proving to be a fertile ground for the cross-pollination of learning, as Hollie Guyton and Rebecca Perez show here in words and pictures.   At the edge of the third sports … Read More

The best of both worlds

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Aotearoa New Zealand is seeing a groundswell of regenerative agriculture. Martin Freeth finds out just how complementary the new thinking and practices are with our longer tradition of organic farming.  Southland farmer Tim Gow smiles to himself when regenerative agriculture (regen) is discussed. This organic sheep and beef … Read More

Soil under pressure

This third article in the Soil Doctor series by Dr Tim Jenkins looks at the issue of compacted soils.  In this series we look at some of the common problems facing soil health. We explore the symptoms you might notice, how we can diagnose the root causes and what treatments, and indeed cures, can … Read More

The rainforest of the sea

Trudy Kessels finds out about AgriSea’s sustainable harvesting of seaweed for fertiliser, and research into other uses of this taonga.   “Bring the kids!” Tane Bradley, managing director of AgriSea tells me on the phone. “We’re all about having the kids around!” So I arrive, two children in tow, and am warmly … Read More

Nourishing our elders

Good nutrition is important for us all, and perhaps even more so as people age. Anne Gastinger offers suggestions for how older people can get the best nutrition, and shares her own family story.   In their retirement years, our parents often worked together in their garden. Both dedicated gardeners and capable … Read More

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