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biofarm does it best

Biofarm, located on the banks of the Manawatu River, has been certified organic since 1986. Cathy & Jamie Tait-Jamieson are staunchly committed to the Hua Parakore kaupapa of producing natural foods with considerable nutritional benefits. To read more visit the article … Continue reading

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māori beef farming

Te Waka Kai Ora Chairman and Champion Percy Tipene is passionate about his whenua and the organic beef his whanau run there. To read more visit the article on Percy published by Mere Takoko in the first edition of Koha … Continue reading

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three dreaded weeds

I think for me anyhow, there are three weeds that primarily are my biggest out there.  Up North we have a lot of concriea and it’s weeds like concriea that are quite invasive, so they’ll start here and you can find … Continue reading

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seeds are our future

For me, my philosophy is that I’m just really here for the seed for the future.  Seeds are our future, whether we’re talking about our own DNA, our own seed bank, seeds are our future.  Without seeds we haven’t got … Continue reading

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koha always works

When I get to rest?  When I go and visit people, like I’ve just been up North so I took a whole lot of peruperu’s and going home with a whole lot of meat.  That’s the other part of all … Continue reading

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cooking different varieties of māori potato

How do I cook them?  Oh well, that’s the best bit isn’t it?  Right from day one, one of the things I did before I started selling them was to ensure that I knew a bit about them.  I already … Continue reading

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how to store your riwai

It’s been a trial and error for us over the years.  We’ve lost quite a few just through trialling different methods of storage.  In sugar sacks is good, however, as you probably know, when they start sprouting, they’ll go through … Continue reading

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selling riwai at the market

In previous years we’ve sold a lot at the market.  As I’ve said we’ve since downsized and we’ve got a smaller garden.  But certainly over the years we’ve sold a few tonnage of Maori potatoes.  Having said that, there’s only certain … Continue reading

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What size are the peruperu that you keep for seed?

Again, there are different variations and different theories on that as well.  I think if you can see that, that’s the ideal size. About the shape of an egg, yeah.  Ideal.  Too big and they’ve got too many eyes on…  Yeah, … Continue reading

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harvesting and storing your riwai

When do you start harvesting?  I heard you say before that you’ve already started pulling your garlic out [December]. Yeah.  Started pulling the garlic out yesterday and we’ve already started harvesting some varieties of riwai.  Had a call from a … Continue reading

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