You can probably tell from the shows I’ve been hosting over the last couple of years that I am pretty keen on organics! For me, it is primarily about the environmental benefits that come with it (such as soil enhancement, biodiversity care and water conservation). For others, it makes sense as a healthier way to eat.
There is concern that we have a shortage of people growing organic food here in New Zealand – if not currently, certainly in the near future – as there are not enough young people coming into the industry. A similar trend is also occurring in the non-organic farming sector.
This programme is focused on what steps are required to become Certified Organic. Is growing organic food commercially something that you have been thinking about doing? Are you wondering what’s involved? How can you get certified?
On this programme I chat with Rayna Dickson. Rayna belongs to Otago Organics, a group that aims to help people in the region get certified organic with OFNZ (Organic Farm New Zealand). Rayna and her husband Mark Dickson are co-owners of Taste Nature here in Dunedin and grew produce for the shop for many years.
To listen to this programme about Getting Certified Organic please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=263862f6-76d6-4c8c-83c9-aea5f04c4670
To find out more about
- OFNZ – go to www.organicfarm.org.nz.
- Otago Organics – email Andy Barratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Otago Organics Mentoring Programme – contact Rayna Dickson on email@example.com or Annie Broadfoot on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taste Nature – go to http://www.tastenature.co.nz
This programme was originally broadcast on the 4th December 2014 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.