GAIA award winners

Wairarapa Eco Farm has been awarded not one but three awards in the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards (GAIA) NZ 2014. We are proud winner of the BIOSEA HORTICULTURE AWARD and the TM AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD and in addition we've been awarded 'silver' recipient of the PADDOCK TO PLATE award. "Already well established in Australia, this award is New Zealand’s inaugural event in celebration of producers who are championing the use of soil-friendly practices that support ecological and economic bottom-line benefits while improving the quality of the food on which the health of the nation depends."

The innovation in horticulture award specifically recognises growers involved in food crops who demonstrate excellent soil management and understanding of weed and pest management and treatments, the effect on the water resource, and nutrient use. The video clips we posted on our website and Facebook page last month of Frank discussing these matters were part of our application for the award and the judges commented in particular on that: "Your video was a sharp touch, and we acknowledge your success and the outstanding commitment you have to New Zealand food production and its people." The award dinner and announcement of the Healthy Soils Supreme Award will be held in August in Rotorua.

It's wonderful to receive this recognition of so much thoughtful and hard work towards sustainable farming and community development.