Lavender with altitude

On Mt Cook highway across the road from Lake Pukaki, 600 metres above sea level, a 20-acre mantle of striking purple creates a spectacular visual anomaly in the otherwise barren landscape. Here’s why tourists stop the bus at New Zealand Alpine Lavender. In February 2009 businessman Allan Tibby approached Blake Foster with a suggestion of partnership […]

Asparagus – Spears to Die For

Greenfern Asparagus, is a dedicated family operation. Here is how they grow their seasonal delicacy. Bill and Irene Cummings, with the help of their three children over the years, have operated Greenfern (Les Asperges) since 2000. Located at Tamahere near Cambridge on 23 hectares of flat sandy loam soil, their fields produced at peak 100 […]


Beetle Mania


Dung beetles offer many benefits to New Zealand farmers: better soils, pastures and waterways. Entomologist Dr Shaun Forgie, is a world expert on these extraordinary insects. He breeds unusual livestock whose business is to eat the business of herbivorous mammals. He and his business partner Andrew Barber raise dung beetles at one of the world’s […]

Blue berries, rosy future

After 27 years of organic growing, Hawke’s Bay couple Scott Lawson and Vicki Meech have downsized to focus on their blueberry crop. Many readers will be familiar with the carrots, potatoes, onions and other vegetables sold under Scott and Vicki’s True Earth brand. Now, with the decision to reduce their operation from a variety of […]