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News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our November Newsletter!


The first day of summer is literally around the corner, and with Christmas less than a month away it's time to start shopping for some amazing organic goodies for your loved ones. For your chance to win the world's best organic micro-batch dark chocolate, follow the simple instructions below.

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! 
Organic Giveaway
To celebrate Wellington Chocolate Factory walking away from the International Chocolate Awards as the 'Best Organic Micro-Batch Dark Chocolate' in the WORLD - we're giving you a chance to win some! Simply click this link and we'll choose two lucky winners at random. That's right it's as simple as that. A big congratulations to WCF for this amazing achievement. 
In the news
You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic?
An interesting study hit headlines recently claiming that organic foods can reduce your chances of developing cancer by up to 25%. Nearly 69,000 respondents were analysed for 4.5 years in a longitudinal study. 
Potential for organics in New Zealand viewed as 'huge'
Gary Hirshberg - the founder of US organic dairy company Stonyfield Farm in New Hampshire - views the potential for organics in New Zealand as huge. Stonyfield Farm started as a seven cow operation in 1983, and now has annual sales of $400 million. Gary recently invested in a Motueka property here in New Zealand and certified organic with BioGro NZ.

"The combination of New Zealand's ability to grow extraordinary produce and dairy and so forth with that emerging market makes it an exciting future for organic" - find out more opportunities and challenges recognised by Gary.
Animal health problems led to organic farming
Mark and Vicki converted their sheep and beef farm to organics 14 years ago - whilst increasing the overall soil health, their cost of production has come down and premium is up. There is always a big question whether organic farming can work financially for large scale farms - and the pairs accountant simply states "if you didn't know the property was farmed organically then the numbers wouldn't tell you. It looks like an officially run, mixed hill finishing block with a relatively low-cost structure".
Rush Munro's organic ice-cream to hit stores
Rush Munro's organic ice-cream has been scooped up by Foodstuffs this month, with the product to hit New World, Pak'n'Save and Four Square stores across New Zealand. The owner John Bostock has been overwhelmed by the appetite for organic ice cream, stating the timing is right due to consumers wanting to eat quality but with an environmental conscience, there's a need for it to be produce sustainably. 
Organic Exporters gain insight from the South
Last month the beautiful South Canterbury Region and Mackenzie Country played host to the largest two-day tour ever held for the certified organic exporter sector. From visiting the largest organic lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere, to flax oil ice-cream tastings - find out all the delights experienced across these two days.
Organics at Scale
Andrew & Sara Heard are celebrating 10 years involvement in organic farming, operating a large 1700ha hill country farm based in the Waipara. An insightful article written by ANZCO provides a captivating read on how to operate an organic farm at scale.
Farmers Market dedicated to Organic
What's better than purchasing your fruit & veg from the local community at you weekly farmers market? A farmers market dedicated to organics of course! Hawkes Bay is in for a treat this summer, as Te Awanga Organic Farmers Market is set to run from mid-December right through to late February.
Benefits of producing organically
Mark and Catriona White - this years Balance Farm Environment Award Winners - provide insight into why producing organically provides so many benefits in a meeting with Federated Farmers. Millennials are seen to be a "game changer" for food producers as they are willing to pay a premium for food they see as pesticide-free and safer. 
Organic Celebrations
New Zealand's Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018
A big congratulations to Annabel Bulk of Felton Wines - an Organic and Biodynamic Vineyard - for winning New Zealand's Young Horticulturist of the year 2018!
 
New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards
The New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards included Organic categories for the first time this year, with Carrick Wines taking the trophy for best organic white and red wine. A big congratulations from BioGro, we're sure you celebrated with some delicious wine. 
 
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. 



 SheEO supports, finances and celebrates female innovators. They are calling out for more Rural Woman with business ventures to apply for their funding across New Zealand. Applications close on Friday 14th December at 12pm, find out all details for application on their website.



Some exciting developments have been happening at Go Native recently in their drive for a more sustainable future, which starts with their product packaging. Not only are their bags home compostable, but they've recently purchased a machine that 'munches' old cardboard boxes to be recycled and can also be used as packaging in place of bubblewrap. 

A warm welcome to our new licensees
5677 - Goulters Vinegar Products Limited - Input
5896 - Woodstock Estate Ltd - Primary Producer
5921 - Pharmacare (New Zealand) Limited - Wholesaler/Distributer
5951 - Coterie Du Vin - Primary Producer & Processing

5936 - Zenith Ltd - Input
5962 - Syngenta Crop Protection - Input
5720 - Sea Food and Fertiliser Ltd - Input
5964
- Persson's Nursery - Input
5968
- Datohealth Limited - Processing
5970
- Midwest Pharmaceuticals (NZ) Ltd - Processing
5973
- Gary Hirshberg - Primary Producer
5910
- Bio Whenua Herbals - Processed Product
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