Agriculture Events

We often run seminars and events related to agriculture and farming, we’ll update this page when we plan to run more in future.

Regenerative Farming Seminar

Linnburn Station & Jono Frew

Region Event RSVP Here Date Location
Wairarapa Masterton Mon 13 Jul 2020 9.00am Masterton Club Inc 98 Chapel Street Masterton, Wellington 5810
Marlborough Blenheim Tues 14 Jul 2020 9.00am
Chateau Marlborough, 95-117 High Street, Blenheim, Marlborough
Marlborough Nelson Tues 14 Jul 2020 2.00pm
Beachside Conference & Events Centre, 70 Beach Road, Tahuna, Nelson
Canterbury Culverden Wed 15 Jul 2020 2.00pm
Rotherham Hall, 28 Heaton Street, Rotherham (10 mins from Culverden)
Canterbury Ashburton Thu 16 Jul 2020 2.00pm Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 211a Wills Street, Ashburton
Canterbury Timaru Fri 17 Jul 2020 9.00am
Netball South Canterbury Association (Lounge Area), Morgans Road, Glenwood, Timaru
Otago Oamaru Fri 17 Jul 2020 2.00pm Oamaru Opera House, 94 Thames Street, Oamaru
Otago Omarama Mon 20 Jul 2020 9.00am Omarama Community Hall, 35 Chain Hills Highway, Omarama
Otago Alexandra Mon 20 Jul 2020 2.30pm Cellar Door, 143 A Centennial Avenue, Alexandra
Otago Mosgiel Tue 21 Jul 2020 9.00am
Otago Racing Club, Wingatui Function Centre, 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel
Otago Balclutha Wed 22 Jul 2020 9.00am Balclutha Golf Club, 23 Golfers Road, Balclutha
Southland Lumsden Wed 22 Jul 2020 2.30pm
Memorial Hall Lumsden, Corner of Hill Road & SH94 Lumsden Riversdale Highway, Lumsden
Southland Invercargill Thu 23 Jul 2020 10.00am -1.00pm Kennington Hall, 21 Rimu Road, Kennington, Invercargill

Regenerative Farming Philosophy and Why it is the Way Forward

With remarkable success, Peter has applied the principles of ‘Regenerative Farming’ for the last six years to his families 9,300-hectare station and he and colleague, Jono Frew, are considered the GO TO guys for advice and information on how to adopt and apply these principles to existing farms. Since the Country Calendar feature, they have been inundated with enquiries from all over New Zealand. Consequently, we are taking this ‘On The Road’ so to speak beginning in the Bay of Islands, Kaipara and Whangarei areas. Each seminar is one and a half hours followed by whatever time it takes for Peter, his farming partner (Jono Frew) to answer questions.

Farmers of all kinds, horticulture, dairy, sheep, cattle, etc, are a little nervous. The unknowns of climate-change are a threat to all kinds of farming. Ironically, they are one of climate change’s most significant victims. Regenerative farming will go a long way towards solving this problem. Farmers are intrigued and need knowledge regarding the transition to this style of operation and will be grateful to all involved in bringing about its inevitable existence in New Zealand. The seminars will cover the How and Why regenerative farming is the way of the future. It will give farmers the confidence to make that change.

Peter & Jono believe everyone has the ability to bring forgotten senses back to life and be at one with nature. The crazy thing is, its about embracing life in all its diversity and letting go of the desire to control – it’s that simple! Nature has been at play for billions of years refining how the sun and atmosphere interact with plants and soil biology. In just one teaspoon of soil there is more life than there are people on the planet. In recent times, humans have meddled with this beautifully evolved lifecycle. We’ve tilled and suppressed our environments into monocultures; killing soil biology and depleting soil carbon in the pursuit of a version of growing that perfectly suits those who sell us their supposed performance enhancing drugs. We have lost sight of how soil biology interacts with plants. We have replaced the answers that nature created with synthetic substances that compromise everything we are all striving to achieve. We’ve been drawn into a cycle of spray-turn-fertilise-plant-spray that has decreased nature’s cleansing agent (carbon) in our soils, thrown Nature’s carefully worked balances, and opened the door to greater climate change and increasing susceptibility to cancers.

In 2014 Peter & Jono called time on these practices, choosing instead to take a holistic approach that utilises soil biology and plant diversity Tilling and synthetic fertiliser are out. Spraying is disappearing. We’re letting our pastures grow to levels traditional food producers would term crazy. We’re using cover crops and biological feeders. We’re rotating our land use and utilising short term intensive rotational grazing. We’re letting our animals pick and choose what they want to eat. We’re finding that if we don’t disturb the soil and use specific plant species (including native species) to replicate what others try to with chemicals and machines, our soils are healthier and our animals are happier. We’re seeing that when we measure soil health using criteria such as fungi, bacteria, cover, weeds, smell, plant colouring and stock condition that our viewpoint on the state of our land has changed. And when we create an environment where life is encouraged, there are huge paybacks in terms of cost, soil water retention, soil nutrient availability, soil, and animal health.

Peter & Jono’s mission now is to inspire people to see holistic agriculture as an approach that focuses on building soil carbon and has the ability to address challenges facing humanity. We want to learn what works and what doesn’t. We want to change how New Zealanders perceive agriculture so that they learn that meat and animals are a crucial component in the lifecycle that creates soil & water health. We are on an amazing journey, constantly refining, changing, making mistakes, celebrating our successes, and recording our results as we go. And we want to openly share our experiences and our results with all those prepared to listen.

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