Working together to farm differently

We are working with farming groups around new Zealand now who want to learn to farm differently, tread more softly on the land and water, and look at alternative systems. Alison is on the Environmental Reference Panel for Landcorp – exploring new ways to farm, with lower emissions to land and water. Landcorp are using our scorecard for environmental footprint across their farms now. Alison and Alanah have worked with farmers across NZ and while Alison did her masters study in the Upper Waikato, with 25 farmers, they agreed to share their stories.


Current Projects

Waiotahe: Working with farmers in Coastal Bay of Plenty to better understand their business, their environmental footprint and how to make more while treading more lightly on the environment. 

Katikati and Queenstown: Working with farmers in sensitive catchments and service providers to take a more cohesive approach to integrated and adaptive catchment management - from inside the farm gate, linking tourism, food production, unique experiences, and being kind to the environment, while staying profitable. You cant afford to be green without being in the black  and we understand that.

Rotorua Lakes Catchment: We are working with farmers and the regional council bridging gaps and trying new things. We love innovative thinking, good business, sensible planning, and diversification. There are ways to make this happen, and our team works alongside farmers, helping them to think differently.

Greater Wellington:  Our work with farmers in this region is focussed on doing things differently(diversifying) with a lighter footprint(less pollution and less stress) and a new approach (novel systems) to farming. We can do things differently an we can do things better than we have done for the last four decades.

Landcorp: Alison is on the Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp, where we are exploring new approaches to farming, how we can farm within limits, and still make a good profit. Its okay to think differently, and its okay to try new things. Landcorp is diversifying and using more precision decisions as it improves the farm systems in sensitive catchments. 

Individual Clients: We work with farmers all around NZ, helping them understand their business - their footprint - their future and how to adapt to changing policies and times. We want to see farmers and their land less stressed, with pride in their farms, and making good money, every year.

Farming Profitably while protecting the environment: Alison has provided expert evidence in 6 regional and sub regional plans across NZ between 2013- 2017, showing how farming can be different, work inside limits, be profitable, and adapt to change. In the Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, our teams evidence was effective in changing the law. 




These leading farmers were filmed and co-funded by Sustainable Farming Fund project and Alison's MSc Thesis.

Colin and Shelly Guyton

Tomorrow's Farms Today - Reporoa

Graeme and Shelly Monk

Tomorrow's Farms Today - Reporora

Jeremy and Dianne Robinson

Tomorrow's Farms Today - Reporora

Euan and Sarah McKnight

Tomorrow's Farms Today - Reporoa

 

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