Thank you for visiting OrganicFarmNZ.
OrganicFarmNZ (OFNZ) is a not-for-profit organisation. Our mandate is to increase the community’s understanding of organic principles and the practise of organic gardening and farming in New Zealand.
Gardening and farming organically has benefits for our health, the welfare of animals and the state of our environment.
OFNZ members and supporters belong to Regional Groups, which have two main roles; organic education and organic certification.
News & Events
IFOAM President visits – notice posted July 2014
Andre Leu, the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, paid a flying visit to New Zealand in mid June. (Many thanks to Bill Quinn of OrganicAg for donating Andre’s airfares to OANZ.) See the ONE News item on ‘Call for organic food regulation‘.
Tomato-Potato Psyllid (TPP) – notice posted May 2014
The BHU Future Farming Centre has been researching organic control methods for TPP and has achieved effectively 100% control using European mesh crop covers. A very exciting surprise finding is that mesh also controls potato blight. As mesh will also stop other potato pests, such as tuber moth and 28-spotted potato ladybird / hadda beetle, it means it is a one-stop shop for potato pest control. Mesh can also control a wide range of other pests from insects to vertebrates on just about any field crop.
For more information on the research see:
OFNZ members and committees provide opportunities for members and the public to learn more about organic gardening and farming in a variety of ways.
Regional groups hold talks, farm visits and workshops. Some regional groups hold regular working bees, and all regional groups help support members with encouragement and knowledge to grow organically.
The OrganicFarmNZ AGM is also used as an opportunity to share knowledge, for example, the 2009 AGM weekend was held in Hamilton and attended by OFNZ members and the public. The weekend included talks on organic and environmental topics and farm visits.
As a means of fulfilling its objectives, OFNZ provides an organic certification system for producers supplying the New Zealand market.
OrganicFarmNZ certification is designed for the small-grower to be low-cost, educative and supportive. The income from the certification process is used to support, educate and encourage more people to adopt organic principles in horticulture and farming.
OrganicFarmNZ supports local organic food production. It is food grown by locals for locals.
One way you can do this is by purchasing Organic NZ magazine, you can subscribe online – www.organicnz.org.nz – This magazine is published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, one of the world’s oldest organisations dedicated to organic production.
Since 1941 Soil & Health has actively promoted organic production, educated people about living organic and sustainable lifestyles, and campaigned on things like nutritious food, reducing pesticide use, natural health care and keeping New Zealand GE Free We are committed to advocating our maxim “Healthy Soil – Healthy Food – Healthy People / Oranga nuku – Oranga kai – Oranga tangata ” and to creating an organic New Zealand.
We also encourage you to shop at Farmers’ Markets; they are an example of the increasing bio-regionalism taking hold around the world as consumers seek to connect with producers of fresh food and a means of reducing our impact on the environment.