It has been a busy season for Organic Farm systems, primarily with a major organic dairy project underway. There has also been many good field days this year, and I am particularly looking forward to catching up with Dr Christine Jones at a nearby field day at the start of May, and working with Dr Graham Shepherd later this year.
Trial work with seaweed at Stevenson’s has been interesting with VSA’s showing a marked increase in worm populations over a three-year period, even with a significant intervening dry period.
It has also been enjoyable to meet the many visitors to New Zealand this year including US veterinarian Dr Paul Dettloff and Dan Mosgaller of US organic dairy co-op Organic Valley.
It was also good to get away for a break to Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Even on holiday you still taking note of, ask and learn about different agricultural and ecological systems. Once a farmer, always a farmer. Thanks to all my clients for your support this year, keep up the good work!