New president Bob Phillips and his wife Ann were recently featured in the Get Growing digital magazine. Click on the image to read the full article.
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Waikato Branch Annual Tree and Plant Sale is on Saturday 2nd July.
Waikato Branch is holding it’s 40th birthday celebrations on Saturday 25 June 2016.
The Hazelnut Growers Association of NZ (HGANZ), supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) ‘Sustainable Farming Fund’ and the NZ Tree Crops Association (NZTCA), are producing a series of information bulletins highlighting the key aspects of growing hazelnuts in New Zealand.
To support these bulletins, three workshops will be held in the North Island. These workshops will offer land owners, land use planners, and food industry businesses who may be looking for local nut supplies a chance to meet and update themselves on the latest information on this new crop.
Murray Redpath, HGANZ (and former president of NZTCA), believes…
“ hazels could potentially deliver returns exceeding those from dairy farming if growers could achieve the yields and orchard management cost eficiencies seen in places like Chile and Oregon – which have similar environments to New Zealand… ”
Wairarapa Sunday, 29 May
Dannevirke Monday, 30 May
Rotorua Monday, 13 June
More information on individual workshops available at: www.eventfinda.co.nz (search for “hazelnut”)
The 2016 recipient of the Dr Don McKenzie award is Sheryn Clothier, who retired as TreeCropper editor earlier this year after 11 years.
Sheryn is one of a rare breed – a second generation TreeCropper, growing up in the Dean family. She joined Tree Crops under her own right in about 2004 and epitomizing the unwritten motto of the Tree crops being “just do it” she jumped in and became the TreeCropper editor soon after and has been the TreeCropper editor for 11 years.
See more conference photos here.
From Franklin Branch Chair, Raewyn Jarkiewicz
Huge congratulations to the committee for organising the NZTCA National Conference held at Wesley College 22nd – 24th April. Thanks go to Heather Douglas, Joan Leitch, Val Pearce, Keith Dixon, John Allen and Virginia Warren for all their time and effort in making the conference a success. Also thank you to Bron & John Fergusson for manning the produce stand at the conference. We had a great response from members donating fruit, jams, chutneys, plants etc. Thanks also to all the people that helped in all sorts of ways during the conference. [Read more…]
This article about the Franklin Food Forest, which was initiated by Franklin branch member John Allen, was recently published in the Valley Voice, March 2016 edition.
NZTCA Patron Jennifer Hutson talked to Tony Murrel on RadioLIVE.
Click play to listen to the interview.
At the (2015) conference the very informative and engaging Dr John Clearwater presented on beneficial bugs. Needless to say in question time there was quite a few divergent questions. What John stated was that Tree Croppers are a wonderful resource as ears and eyes on the ground noticing new bugs, and that the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) should highly value our ability to give feedback about new or invasive bugs, to www.mpi.govt.nz.
For all Bugs, Fungi, Viral or Bacterial diseases, you phone the 0800 80 99 66 and you will be put through to the right team. If it is deemed no risk, then nothing happens (which is most of the time). But if deemed a risk then follow up may include request for photos or samples. And then things can go from there.
Please also see www.mpi.govt.nz for more information.
– David Whyte
The source of our planet’s food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared.
Should tree croppers be concerned about this?
But farmers are resisting, saving seeds in banks and barns across the world. Now they have devised a revolutionary project — a global non-profit online seed exchange…
Beware of people undermining NZTCA activities?