Growing food and fibre is a complex but exciting world to be in.
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Sarah Perriam-Lampp is an award-winning rural journalist with a decade of experience across TV, radio, podcast, and print where her pulse of New Zealand's farming sector makes Sarah's Country a valuable mainstay in your podcast library.
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Healthy soil just tastes better
Chef-turn-broadcasters-turn-farmers are super passionate about bringing the connection to eaters about where their food comes from, but there's a unique skill in going down a wormhole on the topic of soil and communicating the benefits of it in a way that everyday people can understand.
Matthew Evans, renowned in Australia for his TV series 'Gourmet Farmer', was a chef by trade and then a restaurant reviewer for the likes of the Sydney Morning Herald before heading to their own farm in Tasmanian to grow their own to find out why certain food tastes better.
He persisted when his publisher was unsure of his desire to not write yet another cookbook, but a hymn to the soil. His research for the book explains how healthy soil is connected to our human physiology's ability to instinctively know what food is more nutrient-dense, as it's naturally more flavoursome.
Sarah & Matthew catch up at a recent event at Greystone Wines to discuss how close technology is a way for consumers to be able to do the same thing through an app on their phone. Matthew explains this will be a game-changer for food purchasing based on what's both more pleasurable to eat and healthier. Could the time for New Zealand farmers & growers who focus on soil health be rewarded just around the corner?
This event was hosted by Eat New Zealand and Quorum Sense.
Links to learn more:
SOIL by Matthew Evans (Buy the Book)
Fat Pig Farm - Tasmania
PANEL: Growing your farming destiny (recorded at Leeston event)
When your world feels like farming & growing food for the future is just getting a bit too hard, listen to our panel's discussion on what excites them about New Zealand's future.
Sarah Perriam-Lampp recently hosted six guests at the Lakeside Memorial Hall at Leeston, Canterbury for a dinner event sponsored by ESAI to discuss how we can grow our farming destiny in the context of what we can control and the opportunities before us.
Hamish Gow - Global Value Chains, Lincoln University
Rhys Roberts - CEO, Align Farms
Gabi & Doug Micheal - Owners, Gladfield Malt
Mandy Bell - Chair, Deer Industry NZ & NZFAP+ Farmer
Tim Jones - B-Corp certified consultant, The Grow Good Guy
Value Chain Innovation Tour (watch this space, another tour coming in 2023/24) with Hamish Gow
More about Align Farms (Rhys Roberts)
More about Gladfield Malt (Doug & Gabi Michael)
More about WAI Wānaka & Criffel Station (Mandy Bell)
More about getting B Corp certified with The Grow Good Guy (Tim Jones)
More about ESAI - Ellesmere Sustainable Agriculture Inc who hosted the panel at the Lakeside Memorial Hall at Leeston.
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Controlling the carbon narrative with Mike Casey, New Zealand Zero
Food production and not using fossil fuel seem like a headache of a problem to solve, but not for these Kiwi ex-pats who returned home to Central Otago to grow New Zealand's first cherries 100% electric.
Mike & Rebecca Casey set up Forest Lodge Orchard as well as co-founded New Zealand Zero, a fossil-free food certification and loves opening his gates near Cromwell and the books to show all types of farmers & growers how they too can control the carbon narrative.
New Zealand Zero: https://www.nz0.com/
Winning the Green Premium Webinar (as discussed in this episode):
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How to keep farming with uncertainty I Freshwater Farm Plans & Intensive Winter Grazing
Scratching your head on how you are meant to navigate farming with uncertainty?
Do you need consent?
What if I've already put in my crops?
Will I be fined?
Do my regional council rules or the national government rules apply to me?
We have all your questions about regulations coming around intensive winter grazing and freshwater farm plans answered in one place!
In the first edition of "How to Keep Farming with Uncertainty" co-hosts Sarah Perriam-Lampp (Sarah's Country), Duncan Humm (NZ Farming) and Rowena Duncum (The Country) host a panel of guests from the Ministry for the Environment, regional councils, farm advisors and farmers from across the country.
This is the on-demand episode of a Livestream from Monday 5th December 2022.
Special Guests include:
Farmer Panel - Dani Darke (King Country), Ben Dooley (Southland), Emma Crutchley (Otago) & Kerry Worsnop (Gisborne)
Council & Advisor Panel - Brent Sinclair (Waikato Regional Council), Fiona Young (Environment Southland), Brent Paterson (MyEnviro) & Rebecca Hyde (Hurunui Landcare Group).
What does 2023 look like:
The freshwater farm plan system is being phased in over several years from 2023 across 16 regional council areas starting with Southland, Waikato, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay & Otago.
Councils will prioritise catchments within their own regions for the introduction and implementation of FW-FP, including a transition from any existing regulated farm environment plans to the new system.
The latest information:
Intensive Winter Grazing
Freshwater Farm Plans
If you have something you’d like answered, please email Ministry for the Environment:
Sarah’s Speaker Sneak Peek: E TIPU 2022 Preview & WIN a double pass
Sarah's Country has your sneak peek into E Tipu 2022: The Boma Agri Summit speaker lineup at the highly anticipated June 2022 event is set to catalyse the future of Aotearoa’s primary industries and you could get on the guest list to Sarah's Country E Tipu Cocktail Party when you enter the draw to win a double pass to E Tipu & dinner with Sarah Perriam at 5th Street (valued at $2,500!)
Sarah Perriam sits down with three of the E Tipu 2022 keynote speakers ahead of the event which gives you a preview of the insightful, thought-provoking discussions you need to be a part of in Christchurch on 21-22 June 2022.
Sarah discusses topics ranging from the changing world of the director responsibilities and how it’s led to as he describes ‘gun-shy, arse-protecting governance’ halting progress from one of our country's most esteemed and influential professional directors, how we can bolster mātauranga Māori and kaupapa Māori in our agricultural science with a young AgResearch scientist, and how New Zealand agritech business needs greater ambition with an expat US-based vertical farming CEO.
Arama Kukutai - CEO, Plenty and Partner, Finistere Ventures — Aotearoa FundLouise Hennessy - Scientist and early career ambassador, AgResearchRob Campbell - Chair of Interim Health, Environmental Protection Agency & NZ Rural Land Co.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN E TIPU 2022 TICKETS & DINNER WITH SARAH!
All entries will receive an exclusive invite to Sarah's Country E Tipu Cocktail Party at O.G.B's in Christchurch on Tuesday 21st June. The prize draw closes on Sunday 5th June 2022
ABOUT E TIPU 2022
E Tipu 2022 features two days of talks from global and local leaders in food and fibre, plus interactive workshops, expert panels and special Q&As, innovative exhibits, valuable cross-sector networking and more.
Designed for changemakers from across the food and fibre sector, the summit tackles major questions around how we can be more innovative, collaborative, sustainable and profitable — now and into the future.
E Tipu 2022 is a truly hybrid event — offering an in-person summit at Christchurch Town Hall and a virtual experience for attendees from around the world.
In-Person and Virtual Early Bird Tickets are available now at etipu.boma.global
Instead of being the best 'in' the world, be the best 'for' the world with Becks Smith
In an environment where farmers & growers may be thinking it's all coming at them, Becks Smith can see the light at the end of the tunnel when we condense the overwhelm and see the challenges through a more holistic approach.
New Zealand farmers naturally have an inter-generational view of stewardship of their land, but sometimes need support to bring the right expertise together when they are on the next level of their sustainability journey.
Becks Smith discusses with Sarah Perriam, host of Sarah's Country, how her career journey as a vet in Central Otago, alongside farming with her husband's family, is evolving into the social enterprise The Whole Story.
She shares her insights into how to take small steps towards change and how important to pull an advisory board around our farmers that are all on the same page.
"We sometimes make changes and don't reflect on what the outcome was. I am seeing powerful changes when farmer's bring the right support around them to help them reflect on their decision making," explains Becks Smith, The Whole Story.