Mar/Apr Issue


  • A tribute to Percy Tipene, by Te Waka Kai Ora whānau
  • Pacific women get down to business: Women in Business Development Inc is empowering organic farmers in Samoa, writes Faumuina Felolini Tafuna’i
  • The wwoofer economy: Calculating the cost – and the value – of organic volunteering, by Niki Morrell


  • Grow your own teas, part 2: trees and shrubs, by Denise Cox
  • Homegrown tortillas, by Sharon Stevens
  • Moon calendar for March and April by Rachel Pomeroy

Health and food

  • See red? Go green! Healthy, eco-friendly ways to manage periods, by RK Rose
  • Harvest recipes by chefs and food bloggers from around NZ, compiled by Anissa Ljanta
  • Seasonal irritations: Treat hay fever and eczema naturally, by Sandra Clair
  • BearLion: Real food is good food – a chef’s story, by Anne Gastinger

Science watch

  • The sci-fi world of targeted GE: Dr Heli Matilainen explores the new GE techniques

Farming and horticulture

  • For the love of the land: Diana Noonan profiles Shaun McVicker of Wairuna Organics, Otago
  • Totally tea: Denise Cox visits Zealong Tea Estate, Waikato
  • Meet the bacteria, part 1: A new farm and garden series by Dr Tim Jenkins. This issue: Actinobacteria

Building and technology

  • A diamond in the rough: From hovel to eco-thrifty retrofit, by Nelson Lebo
  • Firewood self-sufficiency, by Mike Bradstock

Editorial, Letters, Competitions, News, Organic sector, Things we like, Book reviews, Soil & Health events and contacts, What’s on

Cover illustration: Duncan Hill,

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