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Organic NZ

Organic NZ Sept/Oct 2016

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

2 min.
a new era

Kia ora koutou The AGMs of Soil & Health, the BioGro Society and OFNZ were special events at a great venue, marked by a warm and supportive feeling among our organic colleagues. It was a historical milestone for our 75 year-old organisation, the beginning of another new era for Soil & Health and BioGro. We said goodbye and gave thanks to our wonderful outgoing team and welcomed a new group of enthusiastic council members. The first National Council meeting sealed our commitment to the ongoing success of S&H well into the future. A new structure was put in place and for the benefit of continuity I am now the new Chair of S&H, supported by Matt Morris as Deputy Chair. Because there is a lot of work ahead for this new Council, we…

1 min.
our people

Chris May Chris May was voted on to the National Council in July, but it’s not his first time in the role. He attended his first Soil Association (now Soil and Health) AGM in the late 70s and was president of Auckland Branch and later National President in the early 80s, when the BioGro certification agency was established. Chris served as chairperson of BioGro early on, and was a BioGro inspector for about 10 years. In the 80s Chris and his wife Jenny had a market garden (BioGro 003) at Waimauku, and Chris undertook post-graduate study at Lincoln. He subsequently worked at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, supporting commercial organic production for kiwifruit and other crops. In 1992 Jenny and Chris established a consultancy to support the development of organic agriculture…

3 min.
stalwart to the end

I never met Margaret Jones and after working on this issue for the past five weeks, it’s clear my life is poorer for that. What an extraordinary life. I’ve been reflecting on growing up in the 70s in a working class household where the TV news was watched religiously but politics was never discussed. I could have made sense of the world sooner had I seen, let alone known, role models like Margaret. I deeply admire her activism, working for the causes she cared about her entire long life. The outpouring of stories following her death testifies to how deeply she influenced so many. I worry that our individual and collective capacity for effective activism is being undermined by social media. I doubt the vast majority of online petitions that earnestly circulate produce any…

2 min.
winning letter

PEST CONTROL I read with interest the letter by Ross Clark [‘1080: A rock and a hard place’, May/June 16)]. Congratulations on the good work you and your team are doing. I have taken a different approach to this question, hoping to put a little more space between the rock and the hard space. I have been working with the recipe given in the biodynamic methods that was given the name ‘peppering’, as the remedy was spread about in much the same way as pepper was spread on a plate of food. There are two methods of final preparation. One is to dilute the ash with sand as a spreading agent. The other is to homoeopathically dilute to a suitable dilution; 8x is a common dilution but people are free to find…

9 min.
your letters

CHICKEN MANURE How I enjoyed reading Mike Bradstock’s article ‘Grow great gardens with chicken manure’; it brought back many memories. We’d rented a shocking house. It was cheap, ideal for us newly weds with very little to our name. After knocking the house into shape it was time to tackle the outdoors and develop a vegetable garden so to Mamaku I ventured, towing a trailer for the very first time and loaded it with chicken manure. The first load was pretty dry so no dramas. The next load not so dry, so I quickly trenched it into the ground. I knew how to make do with very little – this chicken farm did not charge so it was worth the drive. Husband was appalled so we divided the garden in half. He bought…

2 min.

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