Running the farm
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about running your lifestyle farm. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Farm bike skills
It is important you have a thorough knowledge of the way your bike operates before you start riding it.
Growing Apples (Malus domestica)
Apples have been eaten for thousands of years and the number of varieties is staggering.
Planting your fruit (and nut) trees
There is an old saying that you put a $1 tree in a $10 hole. Inflation may adjust the figures but it still holds true. Put tenfold the effort into planting and you set your tree up for life.
New Zealanders spend significantly more on bananas than any other fruit. On average, each family consumes 18kg of imported bananas every year.
Fruit facts - Almonds
The almond is a dry-fleshed cousin of a peach with a tasty kernel. It is one of the first trees to blossom in spring and is long-lived for a fruit tree, living up to 70 years old.
Naturally Fruity: Avocados
The avocado fruit has a completely unique taste and can take over 12 months to mature on the tree.
Rosemary - one of those wonderful herbs …
Rosemary is such an important medicinal and culinary herb it seems that there is a great opportunity for good quality locally grown product.
Get a Taste for Growing Fennel
Some years ago I bought a punnet of fennel seedlings from my local garden centre.
Jerusalem Artichokes are a strange plant, or you could say a wrongly named vegetable.
Laundry Detergent Does Grow on Trees …
The Soap Nut or Soap Berry is an extraordinary tree that produces a nut with high saponin content.
Walnuts - Tasty, nutritious & healthy
Ever wanted to make the ultimate statement of self sufficiency at Christmas time?
Figs are deciduous and grow to become very large trees - an ideal niche crop on a lifestyle property looking to supply an urban market.
Saffron - Crocus Sativus has been cultivated for its valuable stigma for over 3000 years. Growing saffron is a delicate balancing act.
Growing Pine Nuts
Pine Nuts not only taste fabulous and are rich in protein, oil and a great source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), but what would pesto be without pine nuts?
Growing dayliles for plants and flowers
Not only do Daylilies have an extraordinary variety of blooms to enjoy but they are also delicious to eat.
Growing lavender for profit
Lavender seems to have it all. It looks fantastic when it's flowering - painting the countryside in a haze of purple.
Growing Garlic for profit
For those people with a relatively small amount of land growing garlic may be worth considering.
Grafting not only allows us to select the particular characteristics of the top part of the tree (so that we have the fruit we desire), but it also allows us to select the most appropriate rooting system
Eucalyptus nitens and Coppicing
Shining Gum (Eucalyptus nitens) has been promoted as the tree to provide us with a perpetual firewood supply.
New Animal Welfare Regulations from 9th May 2021
As of the 9th May 2021 there is a change to animal welfare regulations. The changes cover a wide range of surgical procedures, including ones often carried out by the farmer such as tail docking and dealing with bearings.
Tightening up on animal welfare standards – new Animal Welfare Act Regulations Part Three
This article describes several tiers of more serious offences that could result in a criminal conviction and fines of $3000 to $5000 for an individual and up to $25,000 for a body corporate.
Tightening up on animal welfare standards – new Animal Welfare Act Regulations Part Two
Animal Welfare Act Regulations make it easier for offenders of lower grade infringement offences to be fined without the need for prosecutions.
Tightening up on animal welfare standards – new Animal Welfare Act Regulations Part One
Animal Welfare Regulations highlight certain management standards that are expected of animal owners and make them more readily and quickly enforceable.
Update on NAIT
In July 2012, the first stage of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme was introduced for all farmers in New Zealand – even lifestyle block owners.