Regenerative Farming in New Zealand

posted May 20, 2020

How regenerative farming can serve as a tool for global sustainable development

Author John Mccrone recently wrote an article concerning New Zealand’s prospects for regenerative farming in Stuff, a New Zealand news and media site. In it, he situates regenerative farming within the framework of New Zealand’s farming future. Mccrone highlights global challenges and trends: COVID-19, the climate crisis, supply chain shifts in the production of artificial meat, to name a few. He outlines how regenerative farming can and has served as a response to these world obstacles. 

In terms of public health, for example, regenerative farming offers more whole and nutrient rich foods when compared to industrially farmed alternatives.

A Canterbury regenerative cropping farm.

“Industrial farming becomes a false economy when stacked up against the world’s soaring bill for chronic diseases – diabetes, cancer, heart attacks, immune disorders. And governments are now coming to realise that. Time to switch back to food with a proper nutritional density.”

Regenerative farming also helps to mitigate the climate crisis.

As outlined by Mccrone, “biologically-active soil is a huge carbon sink.”

To learn more about regenerative farming, its implications in New Zealand, and its role in shaping a global food future, follow this link to Mccrone’s original article.




wanted: resident farm intern/permaculturist/gardner in new zealand

posted May 28, 2015

Uma Rapiti Farm New Zealand:

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We are a family who have a small, organic farm on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.  We are looking for someone with experience in organic farming/permaculture to help on our land as part of a work exchange. The property is relatively new to our family; we have been developing it as an educational and experimental farm since 2007. We have seven acres of NW facing former paddock – some sloping, some flat.  We have beautiful views of the Gulf.  There are small, established tracts of native bush that help shelter us from the NW winds.

Located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, Waiheke Island is about 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. At approximately 92 square km it is the second-largest gulf island.  There is a permanent population of around 8,000 residents.  The island is known for its beautiful blend of farmland, bush, beaches, vineyards and olive groves.  Cycling/mountain biking, sea kayaking, tramping, wine tasting, swimming or simply relaxing on a white sand beach give visitors and residents endless ways to spend their time.  The primary industries on the island are wine-making, olive production, tourism and arts/crafts.

We would like farmers any time of the year and applications are considered on a rolling basis. This position is well suited to recent farm/CSA interns.  Ideally, we would like a couple.  Stipend to be negotiated based on experience and availability.  Accommodation: very comfortable sleepout (cottage) with electricity, sheltered
outdoor cooking facilities, hot outdoor shower and composting toilet. A 9-12 month commitment is preferable. Previous farmers have planned a “working holiday” with us and then travelled around NZ.

Contact Anu Shinnamon by at anushinnamon@gmail.com or check out the website http://umarapitifarm.co.nz/

ABSOLUTELY NON-SMOKING FARM – NO DRUGS TOLERATED