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The Knowledge Hub

Over the past 12 months GroundHQ have been working on pulling together a podcast series called The Knowledge Hub focused on connecting farmers and growers with information and knowledge on the topical issues facing agriculture.

The Knowledge Hub is about creating a platform for informed conversation, and ultimately helping to create a path for environmental excellence for New Zealand’s farmers and growers.

Check out the first episode on regenerative farming (in a series of 8 podcasts that will be released every fortnight between December and March) featuring  our very own 2016 Nuffield Scholar Sam Lang.

His research was on the same topic and you can access the report here.

Click here to access the full podcast series.

Feel free to share this content across your own platforms, encourage conversation, and keep supporting  the New Zealand Food & Fibre Sector.

The Knowledge Hub is brought to you by Ground HQ, powered by Landpro.

Open Farms is back and looking for hosts

Strong connections between farmers and urban Kiwis are essential for a thriving agri-sector. The work of farmers should be valued and our customers need to understand what it takes to grow food.

We know that most people are disconnected from their food – so let’s do something about it.

That’s why Rural Leaders is a channel partner of Open Farms – a platform to reconnect urban Kiwis with our food, land and farmers via a nationwide open farm day on Sunday February 21, 2021.

Click through to their Visit a farm page.

We’re supporting Open Farms to find open day hosts, by connecting them with farming leaders like yourself. If you are farming close to urban areas around Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Dunedin and your keen to be an Open Farms host – You can register to host or request a call back on the Open Farms website.

Open Farms is a nationwide initiative to reconnect urban Kiwis with our food, land and farmers.

Few reasons why you should host an Open Farms Day

 

  • In March 2020, 3,500 Kiwis visited 45 farms across New Zealand for the inaugural Open Farms.

  • Your Open Farms event can be as small or as large as you like – farmer hosts choose the size, format and focus of their event.

  • The Open Farms Host Handbook answers all of your questions, including health & safety, activity ideas and tips for using your event to promote a product or diversification. Leave all the marketing and registrations to Open Farms – you just focus on running an event and sharing your farming story.

  • Post event research shows that just getting urban folks on farm, changes the way they think and feel about agriculture, and their own actions in the food system.

Horticulture NZ keen to work with new Government

‘In 2019, the New Zealand horticulture industry was worth more than $6.39 billion and has grown by 64% in the past ten years. That is thanks to industry innovation and grower investment in new varieties and growing techniques to stay ahead of international competition and respond to consumer preferences. This growth is also because the industry is a sustainable user of land.’

Barry O’Neil, HortNZ President

Horticulture New Zealand – which advocates for New Zealand’s 6000 plus fruit and vegetable growers – is keen to work with the new Government to ensure the industry can continue to grow and support New Zealand’s post-Covid economic and social recovery.

Link: https://www.hortnz.co.nz/news-events-and-media/media-releases/horticulture-new-zealand-keen-to-work-with-new-government/

NZ sheep & beef farms close to being carbon neutral

Beef +Lamb NZ recently released a significant new piece of independent research that shows the woody vegetation on New Zealand sheep and beef farms is offsetting between 63 percent and 118 percent of their on-farm agricultural emissions, meaning our farms are close to being carbon neutral.

Link to report: https://beeflambnz.com/net-carbon-report

“This research shows that of the remaining emissions, the vast majority are being offset by the trees on our farms and New Zealand sheep and beef farmers are well on the way to being carbon neutral by 2050."

Sam McIvor, CEO Beef + Lamb New Zealand