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Started by Amy Mayes. Last reply by Jenny LF Jul 18, 2013.

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Comment by Jenny LF on September 28, 2014 at 7:27am

I have just been reading this interesting article. At one point we had our farm under the OFANZ organic certification scheme but just at the point of receiving full certification, we let it go mainly due to the cost and this is the lowest cost certification scheme in NZ. 
The paper work as mentioned in this article definitely added a considerable amount of work.
I was wondering how many people here might be interested in getting together and working out a similar, local only system based on mutual support, minimal paper work and at no cost, similar to that described in this article? I suggest keeping it within the Masterton, Carterton, Greytown and Featherston area to minimise travel required.

Comment by Jenny LF on September 28, 2014 at 7:13am

Hella - I received an email from Ooooby saying you had posted about a potential "bee" meeting but I haven't been able to find it here:(

Comment by Jenny LF on September 14, 2014 at 7:03am

I just found this video which is very relevant to the subject of the next meeting we were discussing.

Comment by Helen Dew on July 24, 2014 at 11:45pm

By the way - the monthly Green Dollar market is this Saturday, at the St John hall, Greytown. Well worth a visit!
I'll have my seeds and jam there, and Living Economies books, DVDs and magazines.

Comment by Helen Dew on July 24, 2014 at 11:42pm
Anyone looking for budding/grafting material?
I can suppy 3 varieties of Ballerina (narrow column growth): Waltz, Polka and Bolero.
Also Monty's Surprise and Golden Winter Pearmain - the latter ripens really early.)
If you're after small fruits I have well rooted black currants, grapes and Tayberry.
Comment by Jenny LF on July 24, 2014 at 4:26pm

Here is the website for the proposed Carterton Farmers Market.

Comment by Helen Dew on July 23, 2014 at 11:46pm

Here are details of the presentation I mentioned at the meeting at Sandy's place:


Saturday, 9th August -

12 Costley St, Carterton

Facilitator: *Murray Stentiford

11.30am Gather  -  12 noon pot luck lunch

1 -2.30pm Power Point presentation and discussion

Koha toward travel expenses welcomed  -  RSVP 8th August

*Murray Stentiford, National Speaker for Theosophical Society NZ, combines a knowledge of science, music and spirituality with a passion for exploring and sharing things. He has a Masters degree in Physics, and is also an accomplished musician. He sees Theosophy as a unifying framework that integrates the many facets of human existence.

Comment by ursula mac on July 22, 2014 at 3:10pm

It was cool meeting you all on Sunday. Thank you Sandy for accommodating us all as well. I'm guessing most of you already know about Vandana Shiva's work, but if not, this video is good. I stayed at the Navdanya farm last year and got involved with the harvesting and bio-diversity activities.

Her "Future of Food" videos are excellent too.

Comment by Jenny LF on July 21, 2014 at 1:48pm

FYI for those that got flax seeds from me yesterday - germination for the ones I have started was 2 months.

Comment by Jenny LF on July 20, 2014 at 5:58pm

This is the on line Seed Saving book that I mentioned at the meeting today.


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