Grassroots and global
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Grassroots and global

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.  The following content is only available to members. Join us for access. The following content is accessible for members only, please sign in.

Learning by growing
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Learning by growing

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.  Photos: Hollie Guyton and Rebecca Perez  The following content is only available to members. Join us for access. [memberonly} At the edge of the…

Whenua Warrior
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Whenua Warrior

Moko Morris talks with Kelly Francis, a Kai Oranga graduate and the catalyst for over 250 food gardens that have been planted since last spring. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. Motivated by attending a Kai Oranga course at Papatūānuku Marae, Kelly Francis (Ngāti Wharara, Ngāti Korokoro and…

The best of both worlds: Regen ag and organics
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The best of both worlds: Regen ag and organics

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.  We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. Southland farmer Tim Gow smiles to himself when regenerative agriculture (regen) is discussed. This organic sheep and beef farmer…

Super natural growing power
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Super natural growing power

We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. I’ve seen many small family-run market gardens in my time but none aspiring to an annual turnover of $100,000. I remained skeptical until I visited Niva and Yotam Kay from Pakaraka Permaculture.In their first season, the annual turnover was $20,000. The…

Local food, local money
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Local food, local money

Sharon Stevens looks at the connection between local, regenerative food production and homegrown currencies such as her local ‘Loaves’. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. From local markets to direct farmer-to-consumer relationships, regenerative agriculture is bonded with place-based economies. To support local food and other relocalisation initiatives,…

Living the change
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Living the change

A new film shines the spotlight on our organic and sustainable heroes. Philippa Jamieson finds out more. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. Climate change… la la la la la. Environmental destruction – I know, it’s terrible! Social breakdown, economic collapse, help, what do we do? Living…

Savings pools: interest-free loans and trading
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Savings pools: interest-free loans and trading

Frith Chamberlain outlines a system that uses money in a fair and reciprocal way. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. In November 2015 I had the pleasure of attending New Zealand’s first national ‘savings pool’ hui. This was held in beautiful Opotiki and hosted by the wonderfully…

Local food and seed in Aotearoa NZ
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Local food and seed in Aotearoa NZ

In 2012 and 2013, a team of New Zealand permaculture educators hit the road for an ambitious teaching and filming tour: the Localising Food Project. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. They found a bounty of creative organising across Aotearoa, and captured the stories of 250 different…

The joy in crop swapping
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The joy in crop swapping

Franziska von Hünerbein writes about a movement that’s about sharing excess produce, community connection, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this free article from OrganicNZ. Join us for access to exclusive members-only content. It all began with a tree, a big lemon tree full of bright juicy fruit. There it was, radiating beauty and offering abundance…