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Building Future-Proof Farms at Mangarara Station with Greg Hart

How one Hawke’s Bay farmer is building economic and environmental resilience into his farm At the back of Greg Hart’s farm in the Hawkes Bay, two paddocks are growing grass side by side. As part of his monthly feed budgeting, Greg measures the grass growth in his pastures and has noticed that one of these paddocks is growing twice as much grass as the other.  Greg recently took back management of...

Taking Regenerative Agricultural Produce to Market with David Crutchley

How origin tracing can instil consumer confidence in regeneratively produced foods When David Crutchley markets his lamb to international buyers, it’s the story of his biologically managed, soil-regenerating, lush green pastures that first hooks them. But once they taste his product, they are sold.  David’s company Provenance Meat is an award winning supplier of high quality lamb to international...

Insight into Regenerative Agriculture in New Zealand: The Good, the Bad, and the Opportunity

The good, the bad, and the opportunity of regenerative farming in NZ  In November, 2019 a group of 85 farmers gathered in a mixed cropping farm and a dairy farm near Leeston, Canterbury, to find out what they could learn about regenerative agriculture. They marveled at healthy pasture, dug in the rich black foot-deep top soil, heard stories from their peers, and visited some happy, healthy cows...

International Organic and Regenerative Ag Markets with Gary Hirshberg

An organic entrepreneur’s advice on scaling up regenerative agriculture in New Zealand In the 37 years that he has been in the business of organic food production, Gary Hirshberg has seen the US market for organic products grow by over 2.6million percent, from US$2m in 1983, to the US$52.5b industry it is today.  Consider that figure for a minute. And then consider that the market is growing in...

The Sweet Spot for Regenerative Management with Hamish Bielski

How regenerative methods turned around a tired old farm When Hamish Bielski took a phone call from a “random caller” in 2014 who was looking to speak to the manager of the sheep station where he was working, he almost hung up. It was a busy time of year at Mt Lincoln Station, and Hamish was in the midst of weaning lambs.  But he stayed on the line, chatting with Neil Gardyne and it turned out to...

Building Soil Health with Nicole Masters

How a Kiwi soil expert is leading the global conversation on building healthy soils through regenerative agriculture Whenever Nicole Masters tells international audiences that New Zealand farmers are experiencing drought conditions, they are amazed. The typical response tends to be, “how is it that a temperate-zone country like NZ with comparatively high rainfall is in the middle of a drought?”...

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