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.
- Tomato/Potato Psyllid, notice posted March 2011
The potato/tomato psyllid is one of the most unwelcome new migrants to New Zealand, being identified here first in 2006. It poses a serious threat to both commercial production of important vegetable crops, and also to home gardeners and their ability to produce the traditional staple home-grown foods, potatoes and tomatoes.
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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 – This magazine is published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, established 1941.
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.