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.
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.
Introduction to Sustainable Farming
The first in a new series on Sustainable Farming - what it is and what you need to understand to know you're doing the right thing. This article looks at the question "What is sustainable farming?"
Buying a Utility Vehicle
The utility vehicle, also called a ‘side by side’ is growing in popularity on lifestyle blocks and farms around NZ and it’s easy to see why.
Buying the right watertank
Many lifestyle farms have no access to town supply water and rely on bore or rainwater.
Ride on mowers
On a lifestyle farm we usually either have too much or too little and the grass that does grow is often not where we need it - on the lawn, not the paddock!
The anatomy of a water trough
While the water trough in your paddock is just a very large drinking bowl, it comes with a lot of extra bits.
The ins and outs of septic tanks
A septic tank is the main component in a small-scale sewage system that works with no connection to the main sewage pipes.
Water saving tips
Despite NZ having a temperate climate with plenty of rainfall, water is still one of the most precious resources we have and we shouldn't take it for granted.
Planning your water system
If you buy a bare block one of the first things to think about is your water reticulation system.
Living on roof water
It has been estimated that around 400,000 people in New Zealand rely on roof water and it's a fair assumption that many of them are lifestyle farmers.
How much water do animals drink?
The answer to this question is usually a series of questions about the animal's liveweight, size, activity, physiological state (pregnant, lactating, etc)