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 CELEBRATE 
1ORGANIC WEEK1
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COVID-19 may have stopped our planned in-person events, but there are loads of fun ways you can still celebrate Organic Week at home.

Watch the Organic Week Speaker Series

Join us for three online events and discover how organics helps our health, our communities and our planet thrive. We will still be speaking to the same panellists about the same important issues.

Hear from organic farmers, growers, chefs and brands in an engaging conversation demonstrating how the four guiding principles of organics — health, ecological balance, fairness and care — impact our daily lives.

Join "The Great Organic Night In" Celebration

Join us online as we celebrate Aotearoa’s favourite organic farmers, brands, products and people. Grab your organic snacks, cook an organic meal, open a bottle of organic wine, and settle in as we recognise and celebrate those behind organic food and farming, who champion innovation and create exceptional organic products that work for people, planet, wildlife and the climate.

To add an extra element of enjoyment, we've created a list of delicious organic recipes and organic snack options from some of your favourite producers ! 

Cook

"Hospo at Home"

This recipe e-book has been created by Kōkako for the cafés and restaurants across Aotearoa that support us; so we can support them. 

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Read 
 
Here are a the latest book recommendations from Philippa Jamieson, Editor of Organic NZ Magazine:
 
"Spring is the time of year for new books as well as gardening! We’re spoilt for choice with the current crop of gardening guides specifically for Aotearoa New Zealand. ​

 

There’s also plenty of other food for thought among these organic-related books – listed in no particular order." — Philippa

  • The Abundant Garden: A practical guide to growing a regenerative home garden – by Niva and Yotam Kay

  • Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Māori soil sovereignty and wellbeing handbook – edited by Jessica Hutchings and Jo Smith

  • Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy – by Matthew Evans

  • The Germinate Workbook: Sowing the seeds for resilience – by Lily White and Ami Kennedy

  • The Better Brain: Overcome anxiety, combat depression and reduce ADHD and stress with nutrition – by Bonnie J Kaplan and Julia J Rucklidge

  • The Edible Backyard: A practical guide to growing organic fruit and vegetables all year round – by Kath Irvine (release date 16 September)

  • Homegrown Happiness: A Kiwi guide to living off the suburban land – by Elien Lewis

  • Futuresteading: Live like tomorrow matters – by Jade Miles

  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the wisdom of the forest – by Suzanne Simard

  • English Pastoral: An inheritance – by James Rebanks​

Activities for Kids /Do

Want organics to play more of a role in your day-to-day life? These great videos will help you make your dreams a realty.

Worm Composting: How to Make a Wormery

Wonderful wiggling worms are the starting point to healthy soil and can create truly awesome compost. Put worms to work in your garden by making your own wormery. It’s easy and inexpensive, and will yield nutritious worm compost and worm ‘wee’ to enrich your soil.

Fun Garden Activities for Kids During Lockdown

We all know that kids are bundles of boundless energy, so it’s no surprise that the coronavirus lockdown is proving exhausting for many parents! If you’re looking for ideas to keep your little ones occupied, look no further.

Make the Most of Compost!

Our friend Elliot thought we should do an episode about composting... so we did! Learn all about how you can turn certain types of trash into nutrient packed soil you can use in the garden!

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Colour in with Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters

Download this fun colouring in activity here.

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Read: Bumblebee

When Bumblebee awakens from her long winter sleep she cannot find any flowers for food. Who will save Bumblebee? A child of course.

“This story starts it all off for our youngest humans, on their way to become nature literate.” – Ruud Kleinpaste (The Bug Man)

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Inspiring episodes and movies.

Hyundai Country Calendar | Episode 29 | 2019 | TVNZ

Garden of Eden: A young family buys a share of a Coromandel farm from a semi-retired couple and establishes a quarter-acre organic market garden, where they grow enough salad greens to make a living.
 

The Biggest Little Farm | Available Online

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

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These videos help us think about the role organic farming plays in mitigating climate change, increasing soil health and why that is important to saving our planet.

Can We Create the “Perfect” Farm? - Brent Loken

About 10,000 years ago, humans began to farm. This agricultural revolution was a turning point in our history and enabled the existence of civilization. Today, nearly 40% of our planet is farmland. Spread all over the world, these lands are the pieces to a global puzzle we’re all facing: in the future, how can we feed every member of a growing population a healthy diet? Explore the innovative ways countries are revolutionizing farming to ensure we can feed humanity in a way that works with the environment.
 

IFOAM: Meet Jim, an Organic Farmer in New Zealand

"If you have healthy soil, it will be teaming with microbes. My soil is increasing in health biologically and chemically as I found " Meet Jim (the Dirt Doctor) an organic farmer from New Zealand sharing why the soil's health is vital.
 

NOW THIS EARTH: Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change? | One Small Step

Could the solution to climate change be right under our feet? Here’s why regenerative agriculture might be the key to securing a safe and healthy future.

Patagonia: Why Regenerative Organic? | Part 1: Big Agriculture Is Broken
 

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Rodale Institute: How We Can Heal People and the Planet with Regenerative Organic Agriculture

For as long as people have been farming—nearly ten thousand years—natural, organic methods were the norm. But during the last century, the rise of chemical-based agriculture has dramatically changed the way we produce our food. The time for true healing has come. Healing our soil, our planet, and our bodies through regenerative organic agriculture is not only possible—it’s inevitable.


 

Honeyland [Official Trailer]

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for Cinematography, and another Special Jury Award for Originality. HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

The Need To GROW [Official Trailer]
With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, "The Need To GROW" offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement: an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization; a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture; and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. "

The Need to GROW" delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.