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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.

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News & Events

SEPTEMBER 2014
SOIL AND HEALTH APPEAL
Under the Crop Production Standards used by OFNZ (from BioGro Standards), “genetically engineered varieties are expressly prohibited.”

For over 70 years SOIL & HEALTH has stayed true to the motto: healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people, and continue to have a vital role in promoting a GE-free and organic Aotearoa/New Zealand.

In 2013 SOIL & HEALTH, on behalf of members, in the Environment Court, successfully defended the legal right of New Zealanders to be GE free.

Winning this landmark case could not have been achieved without the generous support of time and donations. S & H are again asking for donations to be able to campaign and advocate on all the important issues we face.

Donations and more information may be made online at: www.organicnz.org.nz/donate

 

SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2014  10.30am at the BHU
CANTERBURY ORGANICS MEETING with shared lunch to be followed by:
1 – 4pm  JULIE SICH WORKSHOP: Foraging For Edible Weeds/Green Smoothies
$10 members, $15 non-members
You’ll be amazed how many ‘weeds’ in your garden once identified you can safely eat. Forage for them, get to know them on a weed walk, learn their incredible nutritional properties, and how to turn them into delicious, green, superfood smoothie. More information about Julie Sich is available at www.juliasedibleweeds.com
Please register interest with Jude Belcher at:  admin@canterburyorganic.org.nz  Ph: 03 347 7668

 

November 22nd 2014
9:45 – 4:00 pm
Day Seminar – How to become Certification Manager and/or Auditor for OFNZ
All people interested are welcome to come to a free seminar.
15 Te Awa Road, Tamahere, RD 3, Hamilton

Tutors: Peter Downard, Dyan Downard, John Palmer, Paul Hamilton.
Facilitator: Bronwyn Blair

The format will be 40 minute instruction blocks from the tutors, followed by some practice at applying what we have learned, facilitated by Bronwyn, who has spent over a year as a new Certification Manager. She has found out where the bumps are in the path! The tutors have a huge wealth of experience in the field and you will get the best grounding in the subject over the day.
Bring something for a shared lunch. Are you interested?
Enquiries to : anniestone@gmx.us – you will need to pre-register

 

SPRING 2014
CHAOS SPRING WORKSHOP SERIES
Sept 19th: Creating on Farm Fertility – Steve Erickson
October 3rd: Assessing Your Soil and Plant Needs – Russell Simons-Tellus
October 17th: Making Your Own Fertilizers – Jenny, Steve Erickson
October 31st & November 1st: Soil Foodweb and Visual Soil Assessment – Cheryl Prew/Soil Foodweb, Graham Shepard/BioAgriNomics
November 14th: Farm Scale Composting – Steve Erickson
November 21st: Introduction to Biodynamics – Jenny, Steve Erickson
December 2nd: Worm Farming – Bruce Davison Australian Worm Guru
For complete workshop details: www.chaossprings.co.nz

 

FROM L.E.T. NEWSLETTER (Selwyn District)
www.lincolnenvirontown.org.nz
Saturday 11th October: Fruit tree grafting demonstration with Keith Dickson at the Lincoln Envirotown Community Gardens   10.30 – 11.30amContact Co-ordinator: ruth.wood@xtra.co.nz

Lots of other news and notices – Timebanking, Biodiversity Focus Group, Workshops and Business Awards, Waihora Ellesmere Trust etc.
See above website.

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Organic education:

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.

Organic certification:

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.

Organic community:

Organic NZ magazine - September/October 2014We encourage our members and the public to support the growth of organics in New Zealand.

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.

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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.

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