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Organic NZ July - August 2019

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Soil & Health Association of NZ Inc
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In this issue

3 min.
20/20 vision

Soil & Health has had a vision for two decades now of an ‘Organic New Zealand by 2020’. Over the years we’ve held conferences and workshops to discuss goals and how to get there, and worked with others in the organic sector to try to advance this. Now 2020 is just around the corner – and we have a long way to go! There have been gains in terms of the increasing awareness of the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming, and more organic products are available. Overseas market demand, farmers’ markets, community gardens and the revitalisation of home gardening have all played a positive role. Yet in most areas organics is still a niche. Is it time to adjust our lenses? Is the 2020 vision still clear? Do…

1 min.
feedback

We love your feedback, letters, tips, recipes, questions and photos! Deadline: 2 August for the September/October 2019 issue. Please include your name, address and phone number. Maximum length 300 words. Letters may be abridged. Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: PO Box 9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141 Facebook Organic NZ has a lively forum on Facebook – jump on! www.facebook.com/organicnz Digital edition available Only $30 per year or $5 per issue Subscribe at nz.zinio.com http://bit.ly/orgnz-digital…

6 min.
your letters

Email: editor@organicnz.org.nz Post: POBox9693, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. WINNING LETTER SALT FOR AGAPANTHUS CONTROL I read the article on scything (ONZ March/April 2019) and noted that Sharon Stevens mentioned that they were having trouble getting rid of the agapanthus on their property. I got rid of mine quite easily by liberally sprinkling salt on the weeping cut white part below the green leaves. Within four days the agapanthus were gone, never to reappear. They were entangled in the roots of a rhododendron and also the roots of a jasmine, and these are both fine. I much preferred using salt to using some of the harsh chemicals the garden centre recommended. Karin Hulme Auckland Sharon Stevens responds: Kia ora Karin, thanks for sharing this. We’re in complete agreement that synthetic chemicals aren’t the answer; I’d rather have the agapanthus!…

2 min.
competitions

Bennetto chocolate Wow! Three lucky winners will each receive $100 worth of delicious ethical chocolate from Bennetto Natural Foods. Each prize pack includes two bars of each flavour: the two brand new products – Amaranth & Sea Salt and Raspberries in Dark – plus the ever-popular Orange with Chilli, Toasted Hazelnut, Mint and Cocoa Nibs, Intense Dark, Raspberry, Coconut, and Coffee Bean. The cocoa is grown by a single Peruvian Fairtrade co-operative, Acopagro, made up of 2000 small-scale farmers in the Amazon jungle. Bennetto chocolate is certified organic with BioGro, certified Fairtrade, carbon-neutral accredited, vegan and gluten-free. It’s available around New Zealand, in Australia, or you can shop online. bennetto.co.nz Proper Crisps new organic flavour Just launched on the market from Proper Crisps is a new product: Organic Potatoes with Marlborough Sea Salt. We have…

7 min.
news

Project Gro and Thunderpants fund more organic gardens In April a special Project Gro funding round was made possible through collaboration between Soil & Health and Thunderpants. The successful applicants were: Oxford St Community Garden (Masterton), Te Kura a Papatuanuku Wairarapa – Earth School Charitable Trust (Carterton), Haumanu Community Gardens (Carterton), Martinborough Community Garden (Martinborough), Hands On Food (Palmerston North), Matipo School (Te Atatu Peninsula, West Auckland). “These projects are all wonderful and inspiring and give a lot of hope for the future. We will follow them with interest,” said Marion Thomson, of Soil & Health’s National Council. “Special thanks to Thunderpants for their generosity.” All applicants received $500 which includes a membership to Soil & Health and subscription to Organic NZ, plus some seeds supplied by Pakaraka Permaculture. The recipients are using the…

5 min.
organics: the time is now

The growth of the organic market is significant such that within a relatively few years every major food retailer has felt compelled to have an organic offering even though organics is still a very small percentage of the total food market. Organics is a consumer-driven market, which caught many major food companies off guard, in that it didn’t fit their model and vision of the market as driven primarily by price. Consumers were more future facing towards their health and the environment, and organics rightly captures that through farming that works with nature rather than conventional farming that tries to control nature. What’s more the organic movement embodies principles of fairness and trust, and holds some of the answers to climate change, working with social issues, economic development and community development. All…