Health & Fitness
Organic NZ

Organic NZ Nov/Dec 2015

Organic NZ is filled with info to live a healthier lifestyle - for you and the planet! Published by the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, working since 1941 for sustainable organic agricultural and good health. Topics range from home garden to large-scale success stories; eco-building; urban organics; genetic engineering & chemical issues; food matters & natural health.

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Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
growing and giving

Spring has well and truly arrived and I am sure everybody will be getting their vegetable gardens growing. It can be busy but it’s also a very enjoyable time of the year. Members recently received our annual request for donations and as in past years we are really excited by your generous responses so far. Your donations are essential if we are to continue the Environment Court action on GE, along with other work. We are pleased with our successes so far, thanks to our legal team and the commitment made by many other people. However we need to prepare for more court cases. The councils of Soil & Health and BioGro Society held their first joint meeting on 16 October to continue discussions on merging the two organisations, as endorsed by…

1 min.
our people

Sheryl Stivens Sheryl Stivens discovered Soil & Health in the early 80s and is the Mid Canterbury branch secretary. Along with a group of dedicated people she established a local group and attended many Canterbury branch meetings. Sheryl was shocked to see the cocktail of chemicals used at the rural school next door and got involved in organic gardening in schools and permaculture training. She founded WasteBusters and developed a schools and community education programme about composting and worm farming. Now self-employed, Sheryl has a diversity of health, nutrition and education roles, emphasising the interconnectedness of life, to improve the health of people, soils and water. She’s a member of the NZ Waste Advisory Board, the Ashburton Zone Water Committee, and eco efficiency coordinator for Enviro NZ. Joshua Marshall This young Blenheim gardener and cook…

3 min.
a mixed bag

This issue’s theme is hard to express succinctly. I didn’t want to call it ‘organic pest and weed control’, as that comes from a polarised mindset in which pests and weeds are always bad things we want to kill. Hence the cover text: ‘share your garden with bugs and weeds’. Organic practices encourage biodiversity, recognising that every species has a role in the ecosystem, and aiming for a balance. Of course we want to kill some pests and weeds – I squash any slugs eating the veges – but we can work with nature for a good balance. I hope our feature articles will give you some practical gardening tips, and new insights into the plants and creatures we share our environment with. I don’t want to share my environment with the…

10 min.
your letters

WINNING LETTER COMPOSTING WEEDS For nearly two years I’ve been trying out different ways of composting weeds (couch especially). I got hold of two large wire cages (about 1.2 m x 800 mm x 800 mm) with hinges. I set a cage up and line it with black plastic, making sure the plastic is overlapping quite a bit. I start filling it with weeds and add bokashi and water. I stand on the weeds regularly to totally compact them. When the bin is full I pack the black plastic as tight as possible around the weeds, and put stones on top. It is important that no light gets into the pack when it is ready to mature. The pack reduces itself to about three quarters of the size of when I have…

2 min.
be in to win!

Kings Seeds organic vege seeds It’s spring planting time. Give your garden some love with Kings organic seeds. Twenty lucky winners will receive a Kings Seeds organic vegetable seed collection. Each collection has five packets of seeds in it. That’s one packet each of Kings Seeds best-selling organic vegetable seeds: beetroot (Detroit Dark Red), carrot (Rainbow Blend), lettuce (Green Salad Bowl), pea (Blue Shelling) and zucchini (Black Beauty). Because these seeds are certified organic, you know they’ve been grown in the best conditions with no harmful chemicals, giving your veges the best start in life. www.kingsseeds.co.nz/shop/Organics Organic Mechanic kombucha Give your gut a probiotic boost! Six lucky winners will each win two 750 ml bottles of delicious organic kombucha. That’s one week’s OM kombucha subscription, valued at $29.90. This ginger-infused kombucha is fairly new…

1 min.
celebrating nz’s first official ge-free food producing region

The Soil & Health Association welcomed Hastings District Council’s decision in September to ban GE in their district. The Hastings District Plan prohibits the release and field trialling of genetically engineered organisms, creating the first official GE-free food-producing region in New Zealand, and joining a number of regions around the world. “With a regional economy that relies on high-quality horticulture and agriculture and New Zealand’s clean green image, this decision makes sound business sense,” says Marion Thomson, co-chair of Soil & Health. “The Council has acted on the wishes of 85% of the community, and the leadership shown by primary producer group Pure Hawke’s Bay has been absolutely brilliant.” Soil & Health’s submission to the Council, in support of a GE-free district, drew attention to the 340-plus certified organic producers in the…