Getting Certified Organic – with Rayna Dickson

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

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.

Organic Farm New Zealand (OFNZ) is a domestic organic certification scheme. It is based on the standards of BioGro and operates on a peer review system.

Organic Farm New Zealand (OFNZ) is a domestic organic certification scheme. It is based on the standards of BioGro and operates on a peer review system.

Rayna and her husband Mark Dickson outside their organic shop Taste Nature.

Rayna and her husband Mark Dickson outside their organic shop Taste Nature.

Members from Otago Organics visit each others properties to share knowledge about organic food production

Andy Barratt (at right) from Otago Organics shares some of his knowledge about growing garlic with fellow Otago Organics members

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