Association of Biological Farmers Open Day

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Association of Biological Farmers Open Day

Time: January 31, 2012 all day
Location: Mangonui,
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

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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.

Farm background:

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:

 - 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.

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Comment by Nicole Masters on January 16, 2012 at 11:53am

Biological Farming is not necessarily Organic, the methods used aim to lift the quality of soil and the nutrient density of foods. This is not possible when using a high  soluble chemical  approach.

But yes I totally agree that New Zealand has the potential to supply the highest quality products in the world.

Comment by Robert Boesnach on January 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Great stuff. I don't think many people realize the incredible economic potential of exporting organic produce. New Zealand could be the organic food basket of the world and this way could be the answer in the long term for a wealthier and fully employed nation! We need to stop thinking about the short term and work on long term strategies that will benefit our children in the long term! Unfortunately we seem to be under the thumb of multinational companies who want to prevent us from following and independent agricultural policy. Just go online and research european attitudes and policies in this regard. From personal experience having lived in europe for 25 years i discovered that people are becoming much more discerning and interested in the sources of their food. Organic shops and markets are often over subscribed and it seemed to me that there was room for more variety as well as quantity of product. Currently one of the biggest organic suppliers are Israeli Kibbutzes such as Carmel. Africa and South America are also featured. Well i am sorry i cannot attend but as an invalid and solo father i am out of the financial running. Good luck with your open day and blessings from the earth mother. Rob.

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