Organic Farm NZ Submission to MPI re Organic Regulations Final

Soil & Health Association – Organic NZ Magazine – Established in 1941, Organic NZ main aim is to see NZ 100% organic by 2020. Organic NZ took the lead in founding BioGro in the early 1980s and secured the Government contract to establish OrganicFarmNZ.

NZ Biodynamic Association – Promoters of the Demeter Certification. Learn more about the work of Rudolf Steiner and his use of ‘Preps’ and farming & gardening by the moon.

BioGro – NZ Biological Producers and Consumers Council (NZBPCC) – New Zealand’s largest certifying body.

Biological Husbandary Unit – Lincoln University – The BHU website is a valuable tool for OFNZ producers. It has many years of research publicly available. Many courses are run each year – ideally suited to small-scale producers – and the BHU is OFNZ certified. A ‘must use’ website!

Taruna College – Based in the Hawkes Bay, Taruna College offers a certificate in Applied Organics and Biodynamics. It was designed for people who need a training that fits in with their busy lives. Ideally suited for those considering Organic or Biodynamic certification.

Wwoof New Zealand – Willing Workers on Organic Farms. A worldwide network that provides opportunities for travellers to exchange labour for board and training.

Farmer’s Market Association – A Farmers’ market is a food market where local growers, farmers’ and artisian food producers sell their wares directly to the consumer.  Vendors may only sell what they grow, farm, pickle, preserve, bake, smoke or catch themselves from a defined area. Support local – Buy local

Helix Organics – Dr Heli Matilainen has offered her technical services to OFNZ and its members.

Taste Nature – an Otago supplier of OFNZ certified produce


Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia, Canada – A similiar organisation to OrganicFarmNZ.

Organic Federation of Australia – One of the two main certifiers in Australia.

IFOAM – The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. The international body responsible for uniting the organic world. Works to promote organic growing and consumption. Audits and accredits organic certifiers around the world.

The UK Soil Association – The UK’s largest certifier. A well developed website that organic producers and consumers alike will find something of interest.

Organic-Research.Com – A database providing access to bibliographic details and research summaries in organic farming, sustainablity and soil fertility. Contains over 120,000 records dating from 1973 to the present, updated fortnightly with literature from over 125 countries, with links to full text articles. Costs approx NZ$225 pa to subscribe.

International Year of Family Farming – is an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations. This worldwide celebration, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.

Slow Food – a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

A Guide to Organic Food (and More) – A quick guide to food, farming, and clothing for those interested in organics

Living Non-GMO – The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Everyone has a right to know what’s in the food they’re eating and feeding their loved ones.