Growing seed for harvest 4: Carrots and brassicas
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Growing seed for harvest 4: Carrots and brassicas

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2006 Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the final of our series Annie Wilson and Colin Walker look at growing carrots and brassicas for seed. The Koanga Institute was established to develop a national network of growers to support the seed bank started by Kay Baxter and the team at…

Government moves against natural remedies are Allison’s new worries
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Government moves against natural remedies are Allison’s new worries

Organic NZ Magazine: January/February 2006 Author: Allison Roe Allison Roe believes that a new combined Australia and New Zealand authority will severely limit consumer access to vitamin and mineral supplements in this country and destroy sectors of the New Zealand natural health industry. Another health issue that has currently caught Allison¹s attention is the highly…

Growing seed for harvest 3: Leeks, celery and cucurbits
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Growing seed for harvest 3: Leeks, celery and cucurbits

Organic NZ Magazine: Growing seed for harvest 3: Leeks, celery and cucurbits Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the third of our series, Colin Walker of the Koanga Institute talks to Annie Wilson about saving heritage seed. The Koanga Institute was established to develop a national network of growers to…

Growing seed for harvest 2: Beans, corn and tomatoes
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Growing seed for harvest 2: Beans, corn and tomatoes

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2005 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the second of our series, Colin Walker of the Koanga Institute talks to Annie Wilson about saving heritage seed. Now is the time to be organising the planting of the main summer crops. Here we will discuss saving the…

Growing seed for harvest 1: Introduction & Lettuce
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Growing seed for harvest 1: Introduction & Lettuce

Organic NZ Magazine: July/August 2005 Section: Farming and Horticulture Author: Annie Wilson and Colin Walker In the first of a new series, Colin Walker of the Koanga Institute talks to Annie Wilson about saving heritage seed. Koanga has received such a multitude of New Zealand’s heritage seeds over the last twenty years from gardeners around…

Organic Asparagus: Yield way above conventional
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Organic Asparagus: Yield way above conventional

Organic NZ Magazine: May/June 2005 Author: Annie Wilson On the much lauded Heritage Farms, just out of Cambridge, manager Richard Prew has had a surprisingly large and successful crop of asparagus. It was enough to draw commercial grower Annie Wilson to check things out. The Waikato is the main asparagus growing area in the North…

Perfect pasture – grazing management
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Perfect pasture – grazing management

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005 Author: Dr Tim Jenkins Dr Tim Jenkins, of the Biological Husbandry Unit outlines strategies to develop great pastures Grazing management can include a regular pattern of shifting livestock onto clean pasture. In some cases this may be as often as shifting each day. This is an effective way of ensuring…

Organics, sheep husbandry and fly strike
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Organics, sheep husbandry and fly strike

Organic NZ Magazine: March/April 2005 Author: Dr Michael Morris On conventional New Zealand farms fly strike is kept under control through a variety of means, including mulesing, tail docking, crutching and dagging sheep, and dipping and jetting with insecticides. The latter is not possible on organic farms, and other common techniques don’t fit well with…

Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil
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Role and importance of nitrogen in your soil

Organic NZ Magazine: September/October 2004 Author: Holger Kahl Nitrogen is an important building block of proteins, nucleic acids and other cellular constituents which are essential for all forms of life. Nitrogen is such an important key nutrient element for plants that it warrants careful management, and – if mismanaged – can lead to severe environmental…

Joint Venture into Vines
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Joint Venture into Vines

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2001 Author: Valerie Cowperthwaite A shared passion for wine and commitment to Organics has brought about an intriguing business partnership between Kingsley Tobin, award-winning winemaker, and John Hawkesby, late of TV news. Valerie Cowperthwaite talked to them both. (First printed in Soil & Health Nov/Dec 2000 issue.) When Kingsley Tobin came…

Growing Organic Tomatoes
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Growing Organic Tomatoes

Organic NZ Magazine: November/December 2001 Author: Denise Mark Denise Mark describes exactly how to grow delicious, organic ‘Love Apples’. Is conventionally grown to your taste? Imagine a conventionally grown tomato, bred for long shelf life, growing in a plastic bag full of sawdust. Imagine the plant being fed an unrelenting cocktail of calcium, ammonium and…