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Humming Along Nicely!
Keith Olsen never considered keeping a small apiary on his 10 hectare South Otago lifestyle block but when a close family friend wanted to offload his bee-keeping equipment, the opportunity suddenly presented itself.
The art of imitating nature
Watching my friend labouring passionately on a windy, exposed hillside at a sloping Kaimai lifestyle block, I thought she was a little bit mad.
Sustainable farming - rabbits
Captain James Cook first introduced rabbits to New Zealand as an emergency food source for shipwrecked sailors.
Sustainable farming - fencing
Fencing to subdivide a farm is a basic requirement to keep control of pasture growth.
Honeybees - Part Two
Hhoneybee numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate, and this is of concern because honeybees are hugely important as pollinators of plants.
Sustainable farming - possums
The Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosorus vulpecula) was introduced into New Zealand in the late 1800s to establish an export fur trade.
Sustainable farming - animal health
Animals that are not healthy are not productive, and they add cost to the business.
Why honeybees are really good for your farm
Bees are among the hardest workers on the farm and in the garden
Sustainable farming - low productive pastures
Pasture grows well in New Zealand, and that's the key to our low-cost farm export business.
If you own any land that is worth protecting, consider protecting it permanently by applying a covenant.
Sustainable farming - pests of pasture
There is a wide range of pests in New Zealand that damage pasture.
Sustainable farming - what livestock to keep and how many
This question is of greatest concern to small lifestyle farmers.
Sustainable farming - farm water supply
It is good advice when looking at a new property to inspect the water supply before you look at anything else.
Sustainable farming - pugging
Pugging happens when grazing animals tread wet soils and sink in to the pasture surface and leave large holes.
Sustainable farming - healthy soil
Soil health is not easy to define, but it is vital to the health of the plants that grow in it, and the animals that graze it.
Sustainable farming - weeds
Weeds are plants that grow in the wrong place, they have a big negative visual image for the property.
Sustainable farming - soil erosion
Soil erosion is a natural process, where soils is stripped from the earth's surface and moved to another location.
Sustainable soils and soil fertility
In a nutshell, the soil is the basis of all farm productivity. The soil is where you start planning your sustainability programme.