News and views on all things organic from BioGro NZ

Welcome to our May Newsletter!

Organic is a hot topic at the moment, and it's great that people are recognising this way of producing as a wider solution to sustainability. Lots in the news this month as we prepare ourselves for a busy June ahead - if you're attending any of the events listed be sure to pop by and say hi. 

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 to discuss. We're always happy to shout from the rooftops and celebrate on your behalf.

Until next time! 
Happenings at BioGro
Welcome Ashleigh and Edmon

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the team - Ashleigh and Edmon. Ashleigh is our office superstar and will be providing lots of support to the certification officers and welcoming new customers through the process of certification. Edmon is working with our IT team on an exciting project - stay tuned!
Mystery Creek Fieldays
BioGro are pleased to be attending Mystery Creek Fieldays again this year taking place from 12th - 15th June in Hamilton. You will find us located in the OrganicAg tent - Site F81 - with a large handful of other organic focused companies. If you'd like to organise a meeting with one of the team beforehand, please contact us.
Organic Winegrowers Conference
BioGro are proud to sponsor this years Organic & Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference, taking place from 25th - 27th June in Blenheim. If you'd like to organise a meeting with one of the team beforehand, please contact us.
Primary Industries Summit
BioGro are pleased to be sponsoring this years Primary Industries Summit taking place from 1st - 2nd July in Wellington. Recipients of this email are entitled to a discount of $100 off using our promotional code - please be aware that restrictions may apply.
Organic Week Aotearoa
What a week. BioGro were thrilled to sponsor this week long campaign filled with 79 events and promotions that took place across 9 regions during Organic Week - organic markets, biking tours and chocolate tours were all on offer with an all round great time. Stay tuned for next year.
In the news
Soft Plastic Recycling Returns
A kiwi fencer came up with a fantastic initiative - FuturePost - turning soft plastic and milk bottles into fence posts. This product led to the return of soft plastic recycling. Even better, these posts are certified with BioGro as an Input for Organics and are allowed for use on organic farms.
Give us more organic choice
Sales of organic food are at a high - but the sector remains burdened by a lack of supply investment. National Regulation is coming, and there's hope this will lead to an increase in organic conversions with the help of a national strategy.
BioGro in support of NZ Agriculture
Climate Change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time, and it's important that we work together to combat this problem. We recognise and applaud the research that has gone into finding solutions, and much of this can be found through innovation and technology.
What we pay for organics
Why is there such a premium for organic food in New Zealand? Although demand is there, and is continuing to rise - the lack of organic producers makes it difficult to offer competitive pricing for these products.
Urban Farms
Cultivate Christchurch is an urban farm that not only grows veges, but they also provide opportunities for young people as well. An inspiring initiative that now delivers produce to 22 restaurants across Christchurch, and in return collecting their food waste to feed the soil and grow more plants.
The rise of organic products
It's not just the food aisle that you'll see an increase in organic products - there is also a noticeable increase across beauty and personal care products due to increasing demand. Be sure to look for certification.
Roundup weedkiller
Another trial has lead to another big payout for Monsanto, ordered to pay a combined US$2.05 billion to a couple claiming Roundup Ready caused their cancer. These trials are the first of an estimated 13,000 lawsuits against Monsanto. 
Organic lifestyle winner
Millennial's are having an impact on the market - wanting more transparency in the production of food and this allows the White family to obtain returns for their organic kiwi fruit considerably above the conventional price per tray.
Bostock enters organic wine market
Bostock are working with Rod Mcdonald of Te Awanga Estate to enter the organic wine market. A partnership that is believed to "add to the gaining momentum of Organic, Hawkes Bay and New Zealand wine on the international stage". With organic conversion, you can enjoy this wine as officially certified organic from next years vintage.
Country Calendar - Kilbrannan Farm
To finish off a fantastic Organic Week NZ, Country Calendar showcased one of our very own licensees - Kilbrannan Farm. This Southland family farm traditional sheep and beef, and through their switch to organic they have seen improvements in production that their neighbours are starting to notice.
Organic Celebrations
Organic Wine Awards
The NZ Organic Wine Awards 2019 have been released! A big congratulations to those that have been awarded with a well deserved medal - if you're looking for a delicious wine to start off your weekend, check out the list of organic winners.
True Earth celebrates milestone
True Earth are celebrating 25 years certified organic with BioGro this month and it's a milestone we're proud to be a part of. Their mantra is one we can all resonate with "healthy soils produce healthy food, for healthy people in a healthy society". We look forward to the next 25 years.
You will be missed
Ian Blackmore, licensee 264 has been certified organic with BioGro for over 30 years, and has recently announced his retirement. Your contribution to the sector will be greatly remembered, and we're happy to hear that the farm will remain certified organic moving forward.
Kelly Washington Wines
Organic Wines are getting recognised here and around the world. A big congratulations to Kelly Washington for their amazing achievements over the past couple of months. Not only did their organic chardonnay get noticed at the International Wine Challenge 2019, but they're Sauvignon Blanc was the top scorer in the Gourmet Wine Traveller.
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 with the details. 
Dreamcatcher Cooperative Mill
After 2 years communicating with the Sustainable Communities Coordinator at Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC), a project to set up a flour mill got given the green light. With goals to reduce waste, produce local food and share resources and skills - a recent opening milling party attracted 21 attendees keen to learn how to mill.

 Organic & More

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