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Symphony of the Soil

You can help us spread the word about 2015 being the International Year of the Soil, by linking to or embedding Symphony of the Soil on your site or clicking the share button. Help raise soil consciousness by purchasing a DVD, giving a DVD to friends, or by participating in our Educational Gift Program.

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Food Matters Aotearoa Conference and Speaking Tour February 2015

Soil & Health / Organic NZ is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Food Matters Aotearoa conference and Speaking Tour, February 2015. For programme details and to register, see

Organic family farms

As part of the International Year of Family Farming, Organic NZ is publishing profiles of organic family farms in every issue for 2014. We've selected four of these articles for you to read online - see below.

Healthy goats, healthy cheese

Alice Bulmer visits John and Jeanne van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese
It’s the middle of a drought – and John and Jeanne van Kuyk’s ‘girls’ couldn’t be happier ... more

It’s a vine thing

Theresa Sjoquist profiles Artisan Wines, a family vineyard that has become a hub of the Oratia community with its restaurant and weekly farmers’ market ... more

Te Koha Organics

by Bridget Freeman Rock
Shiloh, home to Te Koha Organics, is an 11-acre paradise on the outskirts of Hastings ... more

Success from the ground up

Suzanne Middleton visits Paul and Tracey Ruddenklau, who manage Kilbrannan near Te Anau, and discovers that organic farm management can be as intense and challenging as ownership ... more



Can we trust the label ‘organic’?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

More than ever, consumers need to know they can trust food labels, but the word ‘organic’ is being misused by some producers.

Can we keep local control over GE?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Genetic engineering is again in the spotlight as the Soil & Health Association of NZ and GE Free Northland lead a group of interested parties i

Will new farming leader jeopardise NZ’s GE-free advantage?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The recent election of William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers could mean a push towards genetic engineering (GE) in farming, warns the

Urgent action needed on obesity

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Soil & Health Association commends the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) for their policy briefing ‘Tackling Obesity’.* Obesity is a m

Organic course cuts are a move in the wrong direction

Friday, June 6, 2014

The cutting of organic courses at Lincoln University is short-sighted and a move in the wrong direction, according to the Soil & Health Associa

Organic NZ latest issue


May/June 2015

We celebrate organic animals in this issue, with natural dog care, including biscuit and jerky recipes. Find out about the multiple benefits of heritage chickens, and how to raise rabbits for meat. We reveal some surprising facts showing why organic dairy cows are so much better than conventional.

Other articles include:

·         Shell be right: grow better veges with crushed shell

·         Bubble bubble: aerated compost tea

·         Recipes: beetroot chutney, and how to make ghee

·         Health success stories: cancer, and leaky gut

·         The new hemp industry

·         Building with pallets

PLUS: the ever-popular moon calendar, prizes, competitions and more… see full contents



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