The Products and Services I Use and Recommend:

For organic fertilisers, the best place to go is Environmental Fertlisers

I get seeds from Kings Seeds and Egmonts

I use fibreglass rods from Polynet Products to make cloches, and Wondermesh from the Biological Husbandry Unit at Lincoln University to keep the bugs off.


 To Learn More About Growing

Nutri-tech Solutions (Australia) are leaders in soil biology and have some great blog posts.

Roebuck Farm in Taranaki practises bio-intensive gardening and restorative grazing

Milkwood (Australia) runs courses in bio-intensive gardening, Permaculture, and other organic lifestyle skills and has excellent blog posts and articles.

Growing Power in Wisconsin are doing inspirational things with worm compost and aquaponics in an urban setting. This is a  You Tube clip, introducing them.

Here is an article on how a New Zealand school transformed its school pool into an aquaponic system.

And here’s an idea: geothermally heated greenhouses

Jean-Martin Fortier is a successful market gardener in Canada earning 6 figures per year off a small piece of land. He leads workshops worldwide and he talks through his system in a You Tube series here.

Curtis Stone is another successful urban farmer and teacher with a his own You Tube channel with all sorts of tutorials and VLOGs.

Pod Gardening is a great New Zealand resource.

And for really good tomato tips I’ve used tomato dirt (USA)

I love this clip – using ducks to manage an organic vineyard.

A primer on the importance of mycorrizhae in plant growth

The leader in soil biology is Dr Elaine Ingham and this is a talk of hers on the soil food web  and why it’s important. Farm Profits in Roots Depth

I recommend this post on the soil food web by Sheldon Frith (Canada)  The Foundation of Everything. There’s other interesting stuff on his blog too.

Biological farming has been used to great effect in New Zealand restore the landscape – this in the New Zealand Herald

The Female Farmer Project, and FarmHer are beautiful sites documenting women farmers.


Further Reading on Food Security, Climate Change and Localising Food

Civil Eats is a great site full of news articles on food producing and local food initiatives. (USA)

Localising Food Project is a New Zealand project that aims to inspire and educate communities to take control of their food production.

My Home Foodie is a way to find local food producers near you (NZ)

Find your nearest Farmers Market (NZ)

This is a great TED talk on why soils and humus are so critical to the health of the planet by Graeme Sait 

Another TED talk I love is Feeding the World on Agroecology and the speaker, Pablo Tittonell has an excellent blog.

A living, healthy soil sequesters carbon, making it possibly the biggest climate mitigation solution we have, provided we change our farming techniques. Two good places to start are Regeneration International and The Carbon Underground

At the COP21 climate talks in Paris the French Government tabled an initiative called 4 per 1000, calling on all countries to commit to increasing soil carbon by 0.4% per year. This alone could keep warming below the 2 degree threshold which hopefully avoids the worst impacts of a warmer planet. The New Zealand Government has signed up:

Biochar may have a big role to play in sequestering carbon and this video, The Next Stage in Climate Action is the one to watch, and the New Zealand biochar hub is: All Black Earth

And when you need to slow down and remember who you are:

Wangapeka and Te Moata are the places to go for a retreat.