Organic Farm Systems – Autumn Update

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.

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Lecture with Dr Graham Shepherd

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.

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Early trial of George’s mixed brassica
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Visual Soil Assessment with George – 63 worms!!

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.

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Field day with Dr Paul Dettloff at Clearwater’s farm, Geraldine.

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!

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Rice fields being replanted after a major flood a few month prior, near Hoi An, Vietnam. The flood waters reached half way up the power pole (about 10ft), or 1st floor of the pink house.
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Mixed agricultural systems on a small Island on the Thu Bon River, Vietnam (not my bike…)
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Weren’t meant to be heading up the road that way!
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Traditional mat weaving, Vietnam

 

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