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Organic NZ

Organic NZ

January - February 2021

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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New Zealand
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
kia ora!

At the end of last year we moved house – we downsized from the six-bedroom, large garden family home we had lived in for 34 years to a three-bedroom cottage with a small garden. I had been quietly congratulating myself on how well we were both coping with the ‘third most stressful thing after your spouse dying or getting divorced’; until I googled it – and discovered it is a complete medical myth! One of the more enjoyable aspects of moving house is discovering forgotten parts of yourself – and I recently came upon several lists of New Year resolutions. Being a control freak, I’m not sure how well I have succeeded in ‘learn to let others decide and live happily with their decisions’ but it did get me looking back…

3 min.
the little magazine that could

What a year 2020 was! Tough, unpredictable, and with much disruption – but also resilience and compassion. On behalf of the team, I’d like to thank all of you, our members, subscribers, readers, contributors, advertisers and ambassadors at large, for your support. Organic NZ – the little magazine that could – has survived, unlike many other magazines, unfortunately. We’ve weathered the storms, and enjoyed calm sailing, for close to 80 years – and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for buying local, valuing homegrown journalism, and supporting an organic GE-free Aotearoa NZ! Please tell us what’s relevant to you, what you want to read about, how you want news, information and inspiration presented. What forms of communication do you find easiest and most engaging? There’s so much to choose…

5 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER CHOOKS AND AVOCADOS I was surprised to see that avocados and citrus trees were not recommended for poultry runs (‘Keep your chooks in tiptop health’, Organic NZ Nov/Dec 2020). A few years ago I spent considerable time and effort to track back to the original research that this belief that avocados were poisonous to birds was based upon. The wild birds around here love my avocados on the ground, and completely clean them out at certain times of the year. This observation of wild birds feasting on avocados didn’t align with theory that they were toxic to birds. Turns out that there was one paper looking at avocados and birds. A scientist injected budgies with a small amount of raw avocado. This caused…

2 min.
things we like

TranzAlpine honey fusions What a lovely gift – one, or a set, of these four organic honey fusions – choose from lavender, ginger, turmeric or cacao. This is a new way to enjoy TranzAlpine’s smooth, creamy clover honey, infused with the delicate flavour and health-giving properties of these plants. A lemon, ginger and honey drink is easy when the honey’s already infused with ginger. Get creative – how about some turmeric honey fusion in a salad dressing? Or try cacao honey fusion with strawberries on waffles, as pictured. TranzAlpine grew from a family business that started in 1910, and gained organic certification for its honey products from BioGro NZ in 1993. tranzalpinehoney.co.nz Eco-seaweed fertiliser This powdered organic seaweed extract from OCP will give your plants a nutrient boost during the growing season. A little goes a…

3 min.

Be in to win! Living Nature skincare pack Treat your skin and be in to win! Three lucky winners will each receive a prize pack from Living Nature containing the award-winning Active Brightening Serum and their new Advanced Renewal Night Serum, valued at $98. Crafted in sunny Kerikeri with all natural and some organic ingredients, these products are designed to energise and renew your skin. The Active Brightening Serum contains active Atlantic kelp, hyaluronic acid and tropical pracaxi fruit seed oil to target uneven skin tone and pigmentation, and is also vegan friendly. The brand-new Advanced Renewal Night Serum contains rosehip oil, organic aloe vera, and organic coconut oil, and New Zealand mãnuka honey, which all work to minimise the signs of ageing and promote healthy skin while you sleep. livingnature.com Earth Monkey chocolate Win one…

1 min.
soil4climate growing nicely

Soil & Health’s pilot programme to establish Soil4Climate test sites in Wellington has been successful with two new sites started in the last month. Thanks to everyone whose been in touch offering to host a site! We have a healthy number of potential locations. We’ll be back in touch with people when we are ready to go with a national scheme. The pilot programme now includes Epuni School in Lower Hutt and Newtown School in Wellington. Both locations have had visual soil assessments run by schoolchildren and soil testing conducted in the lab. We’ve had excellent feedback from teachers that the students involved have learned a lot and become more engaged with the topic of soil health. Our work on the project is now to establish funding for the next phase, as…