Time: January 31, 2012 all day
Street: 567 Taupo Bay Road, Mangonui
City/Town: Doubtless Bay
Website or Map: http://www.biologicalfarmers.…
Phone: 022 1407546 or 09 4085093
Event Type: open, day
Organized By: Soozee McIntyre
Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2012
Biological Farming is taking off around the country as farmers and growers discover the rewards from improving their soils.
This interactive day will offer practical tips and insights from leading farming practitioners .
The day will also focus on discussions around water quality issues and practical methods farmers can adopt without reducing farming bottom lines.
Whatever your focus is; sheep, beef, dairy, viticulture, horticulture or market gardening, there will be something on offer here to help stimulate your thinking around the benefits of regenerative soil practices.
Topics will include; defining biological farming, harnessing your free underground workforce, establishing riparian zones, visual soil assessments and weeds as indicators.
Erica and Lindsay White have been farming in Taupo Bay, Mangonui, for over 20 years, running beef cattle on 800 acres rolling to steep land. They have been fencing wetlands and waterways progressively for 15 years.
Their main inputs have been lime and trace elements.
The farm is divided into small paddocks with quick rotation ensures manure deposited evenly over pastures for most efficient nutrient return.
Challenges include some eroding steep country and underlying pan.They enjoy the Far North's benign climate and seeing the cattle content and productive!
Patoka Open Day, getting down and dirty in the soil profile.
The day will be facilitated by Nicole Masters, from Integrity Soils, and the spokesperson for ABF.
Nicole Masters - "Can farming provide economic and ecological outcomes? Damn straight it can; it is what the world is demanding, and who better to answer the call than New Zealand farmers?
Biological farmers are leading the way, showing it's possible to achieve those goals today."
Farmer/grower feedback from previous Open Days:
"A good low key/informative and well put together field day";
"I would like to attend many more of these and learn from different experiences";
"Well done, great to mix with like minded people";
"We wish you and ABF every success, in the future. Indeed, it may be fairly suggested that without biological farming, there is no future. Not a sustainable one, anyway";
"Great team, beaut farm, fab grass..."
For a summary of our last Open Day click here
Mark this date:
ABF SOUTHERN OPEN DAY
- 6th March: Falcon Farm Trust, 306 Highway 90. RD2, Tapanui, Southland.
Open days are planned for the North Canterbury (end march), Hawkes Bay and the Waikato, so if a trip up North doesn't tickle your fancy, then please check back in with us as dates are confirmed.