Direct cooling of the planet

Walter Jehne spoke in Whangarei on 2 March at NorthTec's Te Puna o te Matauranga marae. He was inspirational and all the feedback I have heard from his audience has been very positive. We will make video of his presentation available soon. If you are not familiar with Walter's message, read about it here. Photo … Continue reading Direct cooling of the planet

Walter Jehne’s coming to Whangarei with a powerful message

Walter in Whangarei Walter Jehne will be in Whangarei 2 March. We will welcome him to Tai Tokerau at Te Puna o te Mātauranga at NorthTec and then enjoy his challenging message. For more information see the flyer here and register here. And if you do nothing else today, please listen to this podcast to the … Continue reading Walter Jehne’s coming to Whangarei with a powerful message

With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

This article was first published by The Spinoff  is republished with permission. Thanks to The Spinoff and article author Daniel Eb. A regenerative experiment on a Northland Dairy Farm (supplied) A quiet revolution is growing on New Zealand farms. As debates on water and emissions grind on, a new group of farmers are showing us the way forward … Continue reading With the walls closing in, regenerative farming is a way forward for agriculture

UNESCO project at Takahiwai

Whakaora ngā whenua whāma: utilising mātauranga Māori and western science to protect and restore the soil on rural farms in Tai Tokerau. A team involving kaumātua and landowners from the Takahiwai Kāinga in Tai Tokerau, scientists, educators and regulators will collaborate to utilise te reo Māori me ngā tikanga (Māori language and culture) and western … Continue reading UNESCO project at Takahiwai

Regenerative horticulture

I was excited to learned that pasture could sequester as much carbon as forest, and I have been on farms where it is happening. My first career was in horticulture, but the prospect of building soil carbon in pasture seemed simpler, as growing food, especially vegetables, often involves carbon destroying practices, such as rotary hoeing. … Continue reading Regenerative horticulture

Open letter to government about soil carbon

Can New Zealand soils store more carbon? The farmers I talk with believe they can, and they have seen their topsoil grow and evidence that more carbon is stored deeper in the soil. But the government's policy position doubts this and consequently they are putting all of their eggs in the forestry basket. The message … Continue reading Open letter to government about soil carbon

More pines = more methane?

Last Sunday on Radio NZ, kiwi climate science Jim Salinger spoke of his current research in North America. A colleague gathering air over pine forests found that the pines "burb" isoprenes that inhibit the removal of methane from the atmosphere. The Science Direct website explains the impact of isoprenes in the atmosphere stating it "reacts with … Continue reading More pines = more methane?