I am interested in looking at the possibilities of Nut Farming in Central Otago. What would be the best options which could be grown organically and what courses are available to learn about this?
A lot depends on your particular conditions, eg, soil type, rainfall, micro-climate, irrigation possibilities, drainage, so unfortunately there is no simple answer. You could do a distance course/programme in Certified Organic Production through the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). This will take some time, but you will become your own consultant. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a consultant to do the work for you (Bio-Gro is starting to accredit approved advisors). The CPIT contact is Gilda Otway, (03) 940 8363.