Welcome to Far North Organic Growers
The Far North Organics Growers and Producers Society is a group of organic growers, producers and enthusiasts
based in the Far North of New Zealand. We promote organics in the Far North by:
- Holding field days 3 times a year at member's properties.
This is a great opportunity to find out about organics and see what other growers are doing.
Everyone is welcome.
- Providing organic certification to members that sell their produce.
- Sending out a Newsletter to members 3 times a year.
- Representing the interests of organic growers in the Far North at a nation level within the OrganicFarmNZ framework.
If you would like to join Far North Organic, please come along to one of our events, or contact
a member of the committee. Membership costs $20/year.
History and Objectives
Members of Far North Organic Growers and Producers
Society Inc (FNOG) first met at Peter Dane's place
at Lake Ngatu on 7th December 1989. There were eight
eager members, some of whom are still very active in
this area. They put together their committee and a constitution
was accepted on 13th February 1990. The first field
day was held on 11th March 1990 at Werner Krieger's
citrus orchard at Kaiaka.
FNOG has, right from the start, been actively involved
with making submissions on environmental matters - including
to the government for the national minimum organic standard.
By the 12th March 1995, their own certification process
was put together, mainly because the cost of other established
certification agencies was too prohibitive. They also
involved themselves in promoting organics at the Kaitaia
A & P show and won awards for their displays. FNOG
have always worked on a cost-recovery basis, seeking
funding only once for a bio-dynamic workshop at a member's
When Bioglobal Consultancy put together the Small Scale
Producers Organic Programme, FNOG became involved from
the start - attending numerous workshops and meetings
- until this scheme became known as Organic Farm NZ,
with Terry Higginson as chairman for the first year
of development in the regions. OrganicFarmNZ
(OFNZ) is a certification scheme working under the Bio-Gro
standards for the domestic market. There are seven regions
at present involved cover the whole country.
FNOG hold three field-days every year, and
member growers have hosted these - attracting up to
100 people from the organic sector and the general public.
FNOG publish an informative newsletter called The
Organics Networker is published with plenty
of news and details about upcoming field days with committee
meetings held at least monthly.
FNOG membership has always stayed strong enough to
support ourselves by charging a minimum membership fee.
The area covered by this organisation is from Cape
Reinga to north of Whangarei. about a hundred kilometre
radius of Kaitaia, including Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Hokianga,
Doubtless Bay and the Aupouri Peninsula.