Soil under pressure
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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 be implemented. Scroll down to access the full article  The following content is accessible for…

The rainforest of the sea
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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 invited into the staff lounge, where a spread of delicious muffins is laid out before us.  “Tane doesn’t do anything without…

The millers’ tale: NZ BioGrains’ story
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The millers’ tale: NZ BioGrains’ story

Harry and Mary Lowe live and work in Ashburton and are stalwarts of the organic industry. They became involved with organics in the 1980s, established New Zealand BioGrains, a company that is still going strong, and are a fount of knowledge about the industry in general. Sandie Finnie takes a looks at their business. New…

Why ban glyphosate?
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Why ban glyphosate?

Organic NZ Magazine: Sept/Oct 2015 Section: Science Watch Author: Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility Part two in a series by Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and other proprietary brands by Bayer, Dow, Zeneca, Nufarm and others. It is the most used herbicide worldwide in…

Amber light for dung beetles?
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Amber light for dung beetles?

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2014 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Dr Nick Waipara Dr Nick Waipara explores the biosecurity issues of introducing exotic dung beetles onto organic farms in New Zealand. Recent months have seen the first of a series of releases of exotic dung beetles on New Zealand farms. Organic farmers potentially have much…

GE animal feed? No thanks!
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GE animal feed? No thanks!

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2013 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Frank Rowson Frank Rowson, a veterinarian for 50 years, is a farm performance consultant for soil herbage, animals and humans. Growing reliance on supplementary feeds Because chemical farming is reducing the ability to grow quality feed and the ability to withstand the increasing number of…

Beyond 1080
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Beyond 1080

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2013 Section: Farming and horticulture Author: Rebecca Reider Despite what the government would have you believe about the necessity of dumping a highly dangerous toxin from the sky, effective and safe alternatives to the poisonous war on possums are quietly springing up across the country. Rebecca Reider investigates. We knew there…

Tea tree in NZ – Growing the good oil
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Tea tree in NZ – Growing the good oil

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2007 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Philippa Jamieson Tucked away in idyllic Karamea is New Zealand’s only certified organic producer of Australian tea tree oil. Philippa Jamieson visits on a rainy West Coast day. It’s not a place you simply pass through. Karamea is off the beaten track an hour and…

Sheep, beef and organics – the path to success
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Sheep, beef and organics – the path to success

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2006 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Andrea Kydd-Law West Otago farmer Allan Richardson has an exciting vision for the future of livestock farming in New Zealand. He would like to see as many farmers as possible producing organically, or at least incorporating as many organic systems as possible into their farming…

Brydone growers and farm shop – A 24 hectare block, 22 years on
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Brydone growers and farm shop – A 24 hectare block, 22 years on

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2006 Author: Andrea Kydd-Law The residents of North Otago have much to be grateful for: a wildly beautiful coastline, stunning mountain and river scenery, world-renowned Whitestone architecture and, of course, blue penguins. Added to this, as more and more people are discovering, they have Brydone Growers and Farm Shop on State…