Next FNOG Field Day – 13 October 2013

Andreas Kurmann from Taipa is kindly hosting the next FNOG Field Day on:

Sunday 13 October.

Some very interesting topics on the agenda, so make a note in your diaries! Further details and directions will be available in the next issue of The Networker (available next week).

Once again, we will greatly appreciate any news or articles you might have to share in The Networker… after all what is a NEWS-letter without any NEWS?



A Goose and the Gossip

Firstly, happy Spring everybody!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

Also, it is time to compile the next issue of The Networker. Can you please send any pics, articles, photos or contributions you may have for this issue to me at Especially pics from the last field day at Roel & Liz de Boer’s place if available.

Mark your calendar too, seems the next Field day is scheduled for 13 October – details to follow shortly.


Male Pilgrim Goose for sale or Female Pilgrim Goose wanted to buy
We have a spare, unpaired, male pilgrim goose for sale. He would make a great addition to a flock with spare female pilgrims or Sebastopols. We use geese as part of our orchard management system. They are from an organically managed although uncertified property in the Hokianga. Price $25. He will only be sold to someone who has a mate for him.
Alternatively if anyone does not want to add to their flock but has a spare female they are willing to sell please let us know.
Please contact Gail Aiken for more information

That’s all folks!

Chinese Weeder Geese for sale

We are reluctantly offering a pair of Chinese Weeder Geese for sale as we are overstocked. These geese are not very common in New Zealand and we use them as part of our orchard management system. They are from an organically managed although uncertified property in the Hokianga.
Price $130 for the pair. They will not be sold separately.
Please contact Gail Aiken for more information

Request for Employment in Far North

I have had a request from Timothy Tautau to pass on his qualifications for a Farm Assistant/Agricultural job. Moving to Kaitaia late July with his family & passionate about working on an organic farm.
Extensive experience in building and maintenance.
Hard working ethic
Honest & reliable
Keen learner

Specific Experience includes: Cable logging, Interior/exterior painting, Fisheries, BCITO certificate in carpentry, Batchelor of Theology, Senior Pastor, Youth Worker, Duke of Edinburgh Award.
If you can employ or know who can employ this 34 yr old, he can be reached on
021 717 633 or


Organic chook feed opportunity

We have discussed with Doug of Farmlands Waipapa and he confirmed they can bring in the following certified organic chook food from Denver Stockfood

Layer pellets $48.00
Wheat $41.00
Whole or kibbled maize $38.00

All bags are 25kgs. These prices include GST and freight.

What Doug needs to know how many of each we would like and if possible, future regular orders. I’m happy for you all to get back to me with your orders and then I will liaise with Doug.

It would be great to get our first order in by the end of this week and from then set up a system of regular orders.

Our motto could be – fresh and more often!!!!

Hope to hear from you soon.

Gijs –

Organic Mandarins Available

FNOG-certified Organic easy peel seedless Kawano mandarins from Ora Ora Orchard in Kerikeri available for $4/kg. No minimum quantity, but bring your own bag/carton/crate.
We require at least one day’s notice.

Rolf & Inge
Ora Ora Eco Wellness Resort, 28 Landing Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand;; +64-9-4073598

Request for host

My name is Daniela Maigua. We, my family and me want to visit New Zealand in a few months. In Germany we work and live on a Demeter farm and we are interested to get to know some projects or farms in New Zealand as well.
Maybe you have a contact or farm details where we could visit or maybe work there.
Please contact me on the following email address:

Thank you.
Daniela Maigua

Diatomaceous Earth Special Offer to FNOG Members

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak to you and the other members of FNOG at your recent Field Day. Both Maria and I enjoyed meeting you all and it would have been great to be able to stay longer.

Should any of the society members be interested in obtaining some Diatomaceous Earth we would be more than happy to extend a special to any members who would like a starter pack.

We have a few various packages that we normally make up for trade shows and are as follows…

1 Kg F.S.F    RRP $ 29.50
Pest Pistol    RRP $ 26.60
TOTAL          RRP $ 56.10
Offer to FNOG Members $ 40.00 inc GST (+ Free delivery)

2 Kg F.S.F    RRP $ 48.00
Pest Pistol    RRP $ 26.60
TOTAL          RRP $ 74.00
Offer to FNOG Members $ 50.00 inc GST (+ Free delivery)

22.6 Kg bag of F.S.F RRP $ 195.50
Pest Pistol                 RRP $ 26.60
TOTAL                       RRP $ 222.10
Offer to FNOG Members $ 140.00 inc GST (+ Free delivery)

Please feel free to forward this email to the society members and if they are interested they can just ring Maria in the office (09-4322722) and mention that they are members and Maria will process the order and take down their delivery instructions.

Thank you again for the opportunity to be a part of your field day and should anyone have any queries regarding F.S.F please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Geoff Cave (
Whangarei, Northland

Mobile (64 21) 972 139
Bus Ph (64 9) 432 2722

Member Notice Land in the North wanted for Hemp trial

Hemp Farm NZ are seeking expressions of interest from landowners in Northland/Far North who have certified or non-certified land available for trial planting of organic Hemp. They have provided the following preferences:
Minimum 1 acre, north facing flat land would be best with sandy loam soil with PH6.2 if possible. Would require a soil test to be done.
Please contact Dave Jordan from Hemp Farm NZ directly to discuss further details.
Tel: 07 560 1020 or 021571074

Member Notice – Cattle for Sale

Richard Watling is looking to sell his cattle and provided the following details:

There are 20 mixed age cows, 10 rising 2 year heifers and 10 heifer calves. They are either Freisian or Freisian x Jersey. Plus one Freisian bull about 6 years old and quite tame.

I have run this property near Kaitaia organically since 1985 but have not kept up organic certification in the last few years. I am now planning to retire.

I am keen to sell before winter sets in and would want to sell in lots of 10 if possible. I am prepared to overwinter a few animals if needed. My phone number is 09 4080281 (evenings).