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News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our August Newsletter!


Could you be the perfect candidate for a job opportunity within the organic sector? As BioGro hunts for two people to join our growing team, organic initiatives hit headlines multiple times this month. An organic wine brand is also up for sale, and could be your perfect foot in the door.

See below for all the latest, and if you're launching a new product, kicking off a community event or just want to share your story, please get in touch with robyn@biogro.co.nz to discuss. We're always happy to shout from the rooftops and celebrate on your behalf.

Until next time! 
Happenings at BioGro
Job Opportunities

BioGro are looking for an Inputs Programme Manager and an Organic Certification Assessor to join the team - if you think either of these roles could be a perfect fit for you, be sure to contact us!
China Visit

BioGro took a trip to China this month, accompanied by MPI and AsureQuality to further discussions surrounding organic export possibilities. It was a great trip with plenty of negotiations - we hope to provide some insights from this in the near future.
Gate Sign

We offer one free gate sign to all new licensees that become certified with BioGro. If you haven't yet claimed a sign, be sure to contact us so we can help you display your certification to the nation!
Events
Horticulture Conference
BioGro were proud to sponsor and exhibit at this years Horticulture Conference. There was an array of insightful speakers and we met some passionate growers from all parts of the country.
Organic Wine Week 2019
Taking place from 17-23 September, Organic Wine Week returns after it's overwhelming success of last years inaugural celebration. There's an array of events taking place throughout the week to celebrate, so be sure to find out what's happening in your area.
Fairtrade Fortnight
A fortnight of celebration takes place every August in a bid to fight for fariness. BioGro works closely with Fairtrade, to carry out their audits across New Zealand and it's great to provide a service for an organisation that empowers farmers and workers in developing countries.
In the news
Glass milk bottles return

A familiar past-time is making a comeback as more kiwis turn their backs on plastic. Jersey Girl Organics has a refillable glass milk bottle initative which is becoming popular at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market in Auckland.
An Apple a Day...
...Keeps the doctor away - but are we missing out on vital nutrients? Organically grown apples were found to have more diverse microbes featuring favourable health effects for consumers, host-plant and the environment.
Home Compostable Vegetable Netting
They're already trialing compostable stickers on their organic apples, and now Bostock New Zealand are the first grower to use home compostable netting for organic onions.
Organic production ticks boxes
After converting their dairy herd almost 15 years ago, the Collins' explain how being organic can tick a lot of boxes. "It's a positive move for farmers to focus on nutrient use and on the health of their soils, which could also be key in the carbon debated going forward" says Nick.
Cold, hard facts
Are allergies and other illnesses due to the food we are eating, or what has been done to that food? Robyn O'Brien taps into some thought-provoking facts, which could alert New Zealand to look at our own food system.
Organic Control Solutions
Commercial food production presents many challenges, and Green Party MP Gareth Hughes is excited about the potential of biological and organic solutions to these problems. It's great to see so many innovative products emerge in place of agrichemicals.
Terrace Edge on Country Calendar
Terrace Edge Winery was showcased on Country Calendar this month, and one not to be missed. This organic vineyard is based in The Waipara Valley and has been certified with BioGro since 2011. The vineyard is sensitively and meticulously managed, this is a very labour intenive approach which in return produced balanced and complex wines.
Queenstowns 'worst restaurant' rejuvenated
James Porteous recognised the need for integrity and trace-ability, and has transformed a once failing business into an organic Thai takeaway - and with demand for organic produce so high, they've also started selling organic produce.
Genetic Engineering not required
Organic farming has the solutions, so is Genetic Engineering really necessary? Organic farming sequesters more carbon by using biological fertilisers and other practices that improve soil health, reduce run-off to waterways, increase biodiversity - overall, creating a healthy environment for healthy food.
Organic Celebrations
Fight against PSA
We're pleased to see senior scientist Dr Elmer presented with an award for leading the team that developed the certified Input for Organics biological control agent which is being used to fight against PSA.
Ballance Farm Environment Awards
Entries for the awards are now open to showcase sustainable farming and growing. New Zealand hosts some of the most efficient farmers in the world, with several organic farmers doing their bit for the environment.
Inspire+ Artisan Awards
After 400 entries to the 2019 awards, the finalists have been chosen after a lengthy judging process. Several BioGro licensees have made it through as finalists - good luck to you all.
In the community
There are heaps of super interesting community events and stories happening throughout the country. If you've got anything you would like to share, please email robyn@biogro.co.nz with the details. 
Spring Seminar Series
Organic Winegrowers New Zealand will be holding several seminars across Spring, where growers will learn how to improve the overall profitability of production systems in the long term by using what nature has to offer. All dates and locations can be found on the winegrowers website.
Organic wine brand for sale
The boutique brand has well established domestic and offshore routes to market for its fully certified organic wines - Appleby Vintners leases three organic vineyards on the Waimea Plains and a cellar door 11km from Nelson Airport.
Allergy Free and Healthy Living Show
We have free tickets for the upcoming shows - taking place in Wellington on 7-8 September and Christchurch 12-13 October. Simply use the code BIOGRO and claim your free ticket!
A warm welcome to our new licensees
5897 - Talley's Group Ltd - Input
5955 - Kemin Industries (NZ) Ltd - Input
5997 - S A Farming Ltd - Primary Producer
6015 - Agro Tech International Ltd - Input
6025 - Basil & Gertrud Berta Meyer - Primary Producer
6033 - Black Pond Farm - Primary Producer
6035 - Kohatu Limited - Primary Producer
6037 - The Organic Food Shop - Processing
6038 - Citrox NZ Ltd - Input

 
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