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

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

Kiwi cows – climate change champions!

Professor Myles Allen of Oxford University, and a lead author of the October 2018 IPCC report, spoke to a capacity crowd in the Whangarei library tonight. Professor Myles Allen His core message for New Zealand was about methane. He debunked prevailing assessments that linked methane CO2 equivalents (e), claiming that it has a significantly different … Continue reading Kiwi cows – climate change champions!

First Australian carbon credits paid to farmers!

It is humbling when the Aussies beat us. March 14 saw the first official Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) issued to farmers. These credits will contribute to Australia's Paris agreement commitments. We are so far behind! The project type is listed as 'pasture rejuvenation' using a pasture cropping technique the farmer refers to as a … Continue reading First Australian carbon credits paid to farmers!

Carbon farming the next competitive advantage

Ian Proudfoot, an agribusiness expert for KPMG predicts that carbon zero, or carbon positive farming is going to an important competitive attribute for our farmers to champion. He referred to the developments signalled at the Polish Climate Change Conference (see an earlier post 8 steps to increase soil carbon). "The next attribute that is ultimately … Continue reading Carbon farming the next competitive advantage