Raw cows’s milk for our baby grandson
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Raw cows’s milk for our baby grandson

 Ethan aged eight months with two sources of nutrition: mum Carla, and Buttercup the cow. Photo: Janette Perrett Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2016  Author:  Janette Perrett In the early days of the Soil & Health Association, consuming raw cow’s milk was hardly mentioned and didn’t make headlines like it does today, 75 years later. During that…

Savings pools
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Savings pools

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section: Features Author: Frith Chamberlain Frith Chamberlain outlines a system that uses money in a fair and reciprocal way. 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 talented team at the Awhi Tautoko Trust…

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

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section: Features Author: Rebecca Reider and Robina McCurdy 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. They found a bounty of creative organising across Aotearoa, and captured the stories of 250 different local food initiatives…

Is your food being zapped? An update on food irradiation
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Is your food being zapped? An update on food irradiation

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2016 Section:  Health & food Author: Alison White In New Zealand and Australia, herbs, spices, herbal teas, tomatoes, capsicums and a range of tropical fruit are currently allowed to be irradiated. Probably this year we in New Zealand will have an even wider range of fresh fruit and vegetables irradiated, imported from…

Crop Swap Taranaki
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Crop Swap Taranaki

Franziska von Hünerbein writes about a movement that’s about sharing excess produce, community connection, and so much more. It all began with a tree, a big lemon tree full of bright juicy fruit. There it was, radiating beauty and offering abundance – unfortunately not to us, as it was growing in a neighbour’s garden down…

Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe
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Rainwater harvesting, part 2: Clean and safe

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2015 Section: Building and technology Author: Rachel Rose   Part 2: Clean and safe     Typically, how clean is the rainwater being drunk in rural New Zealand? Often, not very. Stan Abbott heads up the Roof Water Harvesting Centre at Massey University. In 2006 Stan and his colleagues tested roof…

Is your soil toxic?
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Is your soil toxic?

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2014 Section: Gardening Author: Tremane Barr Tremane Barr in his vege garden after the February 2011 earthquake. His copy of Organic NZ arrived in the mail a few hours before the quake. (Photo: Tremane Barr) The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have shaken the lives and properties of many that…

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…