News & Events

Why cows have horns

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“Why cows have horns” is a resource compiled by the cattle breeding group of the Swiss Biodynamic Association in conjunction with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and co-published by the NZ Biodynamic Association.

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Plant Morphology Workshop

A Plant Morphology Workshop is taking place in Auckland over 24 -25 September. The workshop facilitator is Ellen-Jane Schildt van Geest, curative eurythmist and art teacher.

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Ethical calf-rearing

Suckling calf

Reports late last year of brutal calf-rearing practices at conventionally-run New Zealand dairy farms shocked the nation. But a Manawatu organic dairy producer has demonstrated it’s possible to run a productive and profitable operation without compromising  animal welfare standards. Read More

Biodynamic Conference 2016

The 2016 New Zealand biodynamic conference will be held in Havelock North from 1pm on Friday 27th May to 1pm on Sunday 29th May. Full information and registration details can be found here.

Organic & Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference 2015

Philippe Armenier

The inaugural Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference was held in Blenheim over 8-10 July and by all accounts was a huge success. Su Hoskin shares her impressions.

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Agriculture Conference focus on animals

As biodynamic practitioners, what sort of relationship should we have with our animals? How should we view animals and how do they perceive humans? How can we accompany our animals with dignity into the future? Read More

Natural beekeeping resources

Bryan Divers, co-founder of Mamaki Farm and Village, poses with one of his Warre beehives.

One of the highlights of last year’s conference was Bryan Diver’s talk about natural beekeeping and his use of Warré hives.

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2015 Conference report

Extensive vege garden at Kath's and Bert's place, Mamaki.

“Small-scale, integrated biodynamic farming” was the theme of our 2015 Conference, held 22-24 May in Kerikeri, Northland.

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1080: the Association’s view

Warning notice about 1080 drop on the West Coast of the South Island

Recently, we’ve been asked about the Association’s stance in relation to the use of 1080, particularly where its application could affect biodynamic producers and/or threaten Demeter certification.

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Marketing workshops

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BioGro is organising a series of marketing workshops around New Zealand  to help smaller businesses, growers and farmers market their organic, biodynamic or sustainable products.

Each workshop has 15 seats available and the first one will most likely be in Auckland on June 25.

The workshops will be hosted by Kerryn Merriman of Courage Marketing. Kerryn is a marketing expert who has worked with various sized organisations (including farmers markets) in developing business and marketing planning. She is passionate about organics, agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Workshop participants will learn how to build a marketing plan including developing strategies, tactics, promotion, sales scripts and customer relations. You’ll also receive a marketing skills workbook developed by Courage Marketing to take away following the workshop.

These workshops are not just for BioGro clients. They’re open to all interested producers who want to better their marketing skills. They’re definitely suited to those operating in the domestic market including those selling at farmers markets.

You’ll find more information and a programme outline on the BioGro website: http://bit.ly/1GZKeY9.

Details are still being finalised so at this stage BiodGro are asking people to register their interest.