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Our latest issue on sale now! Read up on soil, soil, soil: making it, bringing life back into it, and growing good food out of it.
We have late autumn covered in this issue, with practical, seasonal advice abounding for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and other recent weather phenomenon. We look at bringing organic life back into the flood silts from soil expert Charles Merfield, and hear from Hanui Lawrence of Aunty’s Garden about the community effort to house and feed evacuees after the flooding. Also worth digging into is everything Organic Week, held on 1 – 7 May, and a in-depth feature on genetically modified foods. Plus, enter our great competitions and read news from the organic world.
Mauri ora, grab a copy and dig in!
What’s inside the May/June 2023 issue:
  • Foraging Fungi 101: identifying four common mushrooms you can use this season.
  • Competitions: Win a treat of organic coffee, chocolate, flour and soil conditioner!
  • Winter recipes from BearLion kitchen in Tasman
  • Making soil: How food scraps are turned into nutrient-dense soil with Bokashi and biochar.

See the full contents list below!



Organic NZ May/June 2023

5 Editorial: Accounting for the future
6 Competitions: Win organic coffee, chocolate, flour, and soil conditioner!

8 Community garden
10 Feedback
12 Organic Week: A week of events celebrating and promoting organics
55 Explaining organics: The definition of food sovereignty

62 Green snippets: Updates from the organic world
64 Latest reads: Book reviews

Healthy Soil / Oranga nuku 

18 Making Soil: How food scraps are turned into nutrient-dense soil with Bokashi and biochar.
24 Conquering the cold: Practical, seasonal advice from an experienced organic gardener.
28 The moon’s influence: How the moon cycles affect your garden.
32 Silt to Soil: Practical, organic methods for bringing organic life back into the flood silts washed down by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Healthy Food / Oranga kai 

36 Foraging Fungi 101: A guide to finding, identifying, and using four common mushrooms you can forage for this season.
40 Creative in the Cold: How a mother and daughter duo use recycled materials to beat the elements to produce organic fresh greens to thier isolated community.
44 Food for thought: From BearLion kitchen in Tasman, a selection of creative winter recipes that are both healthy and tasty.

Healthy People / Oranga tāngata  

30 An Aunty to All: The community garden that fed the evacuees of Cyclone Gabrielle.
48 Happiness from food: How our diet affects our mood and advice on how to eat for happiness.
51 GE Whiz: Are genetically modified foods entering our food chain? We look at the different types, case studies, and common myths.
56 Kete Ora Trust: An organisation supporting research into biodynamics