Certification Manager’s Update for May 2012

So far this year the Certification Committee has put through 10 certifications with 3
more to do for May.
It needs to be said here that the Committee asks many questions, and the Property
Plans are put on the table for examination, nothing is taken for granted and it is
heartening that our producers are determined to get their management right if there
are any discrepancies.
Auditing these properties is a real bonus, especially when you see progress and a firm
understanding of the Standards. Most questions that arise can be solved by reading
the Standards.
Basically, if you use certified organic inputs as much as you possibly can, there are
no questions. Just put everything on the Off Farm Inputs Schedule and don’t forget
the seeds you acquire from elsewhere.
Using manure from the local farm for your compost has to be hot-composted &
records kept. If you have your own, at least you know there are no hidden nasties
like chemical drenches.
It is good that the use of the Supplier Declaration Forms is understood and widely
used for the un-certified but permitted inputs, e.g sawdust that needs to show it is
We all struggle at times with weather, bugs, vermin etc but nothing is too impossible
unless you are growing the wrong crop for your region.
Hopefully those who have asked for the documentation to begin the process will find
it is not so daunting – especially as we assist as much as we can.


With autumn upon us, the abundance of red and bronze leaves for my
grand daughter to collect, a huge full moon & a non- animal circus in town,
being 5 is the best!
Being a “grazer” she isn’t finding too much to pick at, although the
strawberries turn up a ripe one occasionally. She is testing out the best
of the leafy greens, & actually likes the water cress rambling through the
lettuces. Peas and beans are “mmm.”
Our old dog “Angel” is no longer with us, so it is safe to drop a few possums
on the ground around the persimmon trees to bring in the hawks, scaring
out the birds. In theory it works well, once the hawks find them, (if the wild
pigs don’t drag ‘em away ! ) The last pig caught by a neighbour in here was
a big ‘bruiser’ giving us over 40kg of meat. It needed two men to drag it out
of the bush – he had rooted around the trees to the point where I was putting
out ‘things’ to scare him away (didn’t work.) Now to get his very timid wife!
So far Saturdays have been kind to the Kaitaia Market, raining in the
afternoon, leaving the mornings free to swap & sell. I come home with some
wonderful goodies scored from swapping produce, & we don’t intend to give
up this traditional right !
Last night the lightening & thunder cracked & boomed in & around the house,
the geese are still gabbling on about it, rejoicing in their survival.
With wild pork (that stole our mac nuts, apples, feijoas, wild walnuts,
persimmons etc,) a wood burner with wetback, heaps of firewood, bronze
foliage, big moons, gravity fed water & plenty of preserves, who can ask more


Horse-grazing & land share offer on certified organic land at Fairburn 14km Sth of
Kaitaia. House-bus is self-contained, with gas califont, shower, solar-powered frig,
pot-belly stove etc. On flat site available to garden. Offering one third share in 7 ha
for $80,000 or $95,000 with bus., or, for lease including horse grazing.
Gravity-fed water, flat paddock, Nth facing hill, native bush & fruit trees.
Also need WWOOF’ers. All enquiries ph. Jim 09 408 0361

Reminder: 3rd June Field Day

shared lunch and a trading table
Gail and John moved to New Zealand in 2002 with the aim of living a more self reliant lifestyle. They lived for 7 years at Kohatu Toa Eco-Village (where Koanga Gardens used to be based) and moved to their 65 acre property which overlooks the Waima river, just over 3 years ago. Gail still works for Koanga Institute & they grow heritage seeds and plants. They have developed a large garden and orchard. They also have a small flock of Arapawa sheep, a small herd of Dexter cattle, a clydesdale horse plus assorted ducks, chooks and geese. John is a green woodworker amongst other things.
Directions: 279 Classen Road, Omanaia. From the north can either go to Rawene via the ferry or via Kaikohe. From Kaikohe head west along State Highway 12 towards the Hokianga. Go through Taheke and Waima and over the hill into Omanaia. Turn right into Duddy Road (on a long straight piece of road and has an electricity substation on the corner). Drive along Duddy Road for several kms. Eventually the road splits and the left fork is Classen Road. Drive right to the end of Classen Road (past the cattle yards & a driveway on the left) and through the gate with 279 on it. Carry on up the track onto the ridge and the house is set back on the left.
From Rawene. Drive to SH 12 and turn left. Duddy Road is the 2nd road on the left. Follow instructions above once onto Duddy Road.