Organics Aotearoa New Zealand OANZ is the umbrella group for organics in New Zealand with several members including Soil and Health, Bio-Gro, the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, Agriquality and the Organic Product Exporters of NZ.
Soil and Health Association of New Zealand "has been at the centre of the fight for safe, healthy food, protection of the environment and policies for sustainable farming and resource use in New Zealand and worldwide since its formation in 1941" Publishers of the magazine ORGANIC NZ. "The leading organic certification agency in NZ . . .
Bio-Gro New Zealand Bio-Gro has developed a set of production standards for organic agriculture which are internationally recognised . . . owner of the Bio-Gro trademark and an accredited member of IFOAM." The Bio-Gro website includes information on certification, conversion, Bio-Gro membership and publications and organic contacts.
Bio Dynamic Farming & Gardening Association founded on the work of Rudolf Steiner, this association administers the Demeter label. Biodynamic methods develop the farm or garden as a balanced and sustainable unit, recognising natural rhythms of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and using special plant, animal and mineral preparations.
AsureQuality New Zealand provides an organic certification service to organic producers and processors through its certification business Certenz. The AsureQuality Organic Standard is based on the international Codex Alinorm 99/22, EU Regulations and the Australian National Standard. It has been set at the market access level, which means it will as a minimum meet all international requirements and be accepted by international markets. It differs in some degree to Bio-Gro and Demeter standards.
OrganicFarmNZ The OrganicFarmNZ label is found on produce from a network of New Zealand's small-scale producers. OrganicFarmNZ is a certification scheme which operates under the Soil and Health Association but is run at grass-roots level by 12 regional bodies, with seven area representatives who meet on a national co-ordinating committee. The scheme operates by peer reveiw and is designed to give consumers confidence that the food they buy is of the same standard as that produced under the Bio-Gro, Demeter and Certenz labels. For area representatives, see the
Organic Directory NZ The Organic Pathways directory with over 500 business listed, including everything from baby products and organic skin care to organic growers retailers and wholesalers, and renewable energy.
Far North Organic Growers and Producers Association : Originally operated as an independent certification scheme for Far North growers and now operates under the auspices of OrganicFarmNZ. Those Far North members certified under the nationwide OrganicFarmNZ scheme meet standards used by Bio-Gro.
Organic Products Exporters of New Zealand (OPENZ) formerly known as Organic Products Exporters Group (OPEG) was formed in late 1995 with an alliance between companies, organisations and Trade NZ. The Mission of OPEG is "To develop a sustainable, commercially viable, certified organic products' exporting industry." The OPEG website includes information about membership, export products, OPEG activities and publications (including export research).
Biodynamic Association of America. Biodynamics is a method of agriculture which seeks to actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. It is the oldest non-chemical agricultural movement, predating the organic agriculture movement by some 20 years and has now spread throughout the world.
Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) Garden Organic is the working name of HDRA,"Europe's largest organic organisation, specialising in organic gardening & food in the UK, and small scale agriculture in developing countries." (In New Zealand Doubleday Research Association of NZ. Contact: PO Box 5731, Wellesley Street, Auckland.)
International Federation Of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) "The worldwide umbrella organisation of the organic agriculture movement, with about 600 member organisations and institutions in some 95 countries." Accreditors of Bio-Gro. The website has a list of organic organisations affiliated to it from countries allover the world.
Biofach - World Organic Trade Fair, held in Europe each February, it attracts organic industry people from allover the world.
Regional/National Organic Organisations Overseas - See IFOAM's international list of affiliates.
Courses and Education
Open Polytech of NZ Organic Growing correspondence course. "In an era where safe food is important, you'll gain a fresh perspective on some unique agricultural and horticultural practices. Learn about managing soil, organic cropping, natural pest destruction, marketing organic produce and other ways of getting back-to-nature."
Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools and Kindergartens Offer "an alternative to both the usual education available in state schools and the relatively unstructured style of many other options. The underlying philosophy is based on the principle that education should support the development of the child in its physical, soul and spiritual growth towards a becoming a free and responsible adult."
Taruna College Taruna offers NZQA approved qualification in Biodynamic agriculture. Taruna is a centre for Transpersonal Adult Education, and since 1982 has been providing professional and personal development courses inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner PhD.
Biological Husbandry Unit Lincoln University. Research currently focuses on testing and developing new technologies that aid organic and sustainable farm operations. The unit runs practical workshops for small farmers and produces model growing units which demonstrate and monitor the benefits of diverse systems such as mixed cropping, No Input, Kyusei Nature Farming and Asian Pacific Polyculture.
Green Party Organic Food page: Organic Food in a nutshell - includes facts and figures plus research that has shown organic food to be better for us. Also see the Food Revolution page which gives information on current food issues such as sustainable production, labelling, freedom from drugs, disease and contamination, free range/organic/buy local, ethical production, GE free food and more.
Organic Farming Resource - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: funded by the US Department of Agriculture and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. It provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
The Organic Garden City Trust : a Christchurch initiative set up in 1999, exists primarily to promote healthy, sustainable, organic living in Christchurch.
GreenplanetFM 104.6 Auckland area, every Thursday from 8-9am on. Interviews of dedicated leading edge experts, practitioners in their field, and people who are living examples of sustainability. Covering environmental subject matter that is not readily discussed in depth in mainstream media. The website tells of what's on, who has been interviewed and their key points.
Australian Community Gardens Network: Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, to relax, and make new friends.
The Safe Food Campaign - a nationwide organiation that campaigns for safer, healthier food. It provide consumers with information so that they can make up their own minds about what is safe to eat. It lobbies government to make our food safer.
Fotosearch: Stock images and video footage: The Fotosearch database contains over 50,000 high-quality photos of organic foods and farming, as well over 20,000 images from the National Geographic collection. This online resource allows users to search from more than 3 million images from 140 quality stock photography publishers at one site. They can also find royalty-free clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips, maps, and more.
GE Free Food Guide - Greenpeace's database of 1162 food product brands sold in New Zealand. Each item has a green, amber or red classification with an associated fact sheet giving the manufacturer's policy on GE.
Aotearoa New Zealand Good Wood Guide "A resource facilitating more ethical purchasing of timber products. We can change our lifestyles and our timber-purchase habits so that we do not contribute to the catastrophe." Includes information on the contents of the Good Wood Guide originally published in 1992.
Manufactured Food Database - The Manufactured Food Database (MFD) has been compiled by Nutrition Services, Auckland Hospital from information voluntarily supplied by New Zealand Food Manufacturers. It contains lists of foods free of allergens including eggs, gluten, legumes, milk, soy, wheat and peanuts. That doesn't mean the food is also organic, but it provides a helpful resource for those on limited diets .
Festivals, Field Days, Wine and Food
Mystery Creek Farm Fieldays - New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, June
New Zealand Organic Food and Wine Festival: Held in Oamaru during March
Ecoshow, Manukau City, Auckland, February
Organic River Festival, Kimberley Reserve, Levin, January
Environment and a Sustainable Planet
Farming Solutions is a website jointly created by Greenpeace, Oxfam and ILEIA. It demonstrates how food security and sustainable livelihoods can be achieved across the globe by innovative and environmentally responsible farming systems. The site shows how today's farmers can encourage biodiversity, retain a rich, natural soil base, maintain clean water and foster human health."
Eco-Village, and Cohousing Association of New Zealand aims to "link people, projects and the global Eco-Village community, [to] facilitate sharing of 'how to' type information resources [and to be a] focal point for initiatives to further the Eco-Village movement in NZ." Includes information on NZ projects underway, an interactive notice board and check out also their wide range of links.
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). By combining the strengths of scientists and concerned citizens, UCS, founded in 1969, works to improve and preserve the environment. "We augment rigorous scientific research with public education and citizen advocacy to help build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world." A site combining detailed information with pointers on how to take practical action.
Zero Waste New Zealand "The objective of Zero Waste New Zealand is to encourage and motivate all sectors of New Zealand society to achieve a target of Zero Waste to landfill."
Genetic Engineering Links
Kid's Edible Gardens: An Organic Garden City Trust initiative, implementing organic gardening in schools so that children learn how to grow their own vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit.
Kids Organic Club by Pure Organics - for you if you are aged 3-16 years and for parents and other adults too. Includes the Organic Fun Farm activity site, a fact site, recipes to suit children and adults and a parents page. "We want our children to be interested in where food comes from and be aware of the way intensive farming methods and over-processing damage our health and the environment."
Mothering.com Natural family living. Articles, forum (nighttime parenting, loving discipline, natural birth, homebirth, successful breastfeeding, alternative and complementary home remedies, informed consent, and many other topics from a natural point of view), expert advice, news, activism, recipes and more.
Sustainable Farming Connection "Where farmers find and share information." Strongly US focused but containing lots of info and leads to other places - a sense of humour also!
Sustainable Business Network Organics Cluster Provides channels for communication and cooperation between members and with other organic related organisations. The Cluster wishes to see more people buying locally made organic produce and more people involved in organic businesses in New Zealand. Headed by a focus group. The cluster has an Action and Implementation plan.
Willing Workers on
Organic Farms (WWOOF)
WWOOF NZ "provides the opportunity for you to live and experience life on New Zealand organic properties . . . farms, market gardens, communities and ventures in self-sufficiency in which organic growing plays some part." Site includes a tour of some WWOOF farms and a membership application form.
WWOOF Australia includes a contact list for WWOOFing organisations worldwide.
WWOOF International "A service dedicated to helping those who would like to work as volunteers on organic farms internationally."
Vegetable Killers is a vegetarian community website with a forum where people can ask questions, raise issues, debate topics and so on.
Listings for more organisations, and businesses are contained in Organic Directory NZ