Is there Round Up in your pee?

Hi all,

Winter is definitely upon us; the stormy weather from last week first caused the plants to stand in the wet for a while, and then this was immediately followed by three frosty nights and icy cold days in a row, causing severe rot of our endive lettuces and other fragile leafy greens. On another front, the wild rabbits have found our property back this winter and really like the kale,  broccoli and the young broad beans that are just shooting out of the ground. (John K, we are pleased to invite you for a rabbit hunt, if you are still keen?).

We personally noticed the wintery cold days while harvesting and washing the produce this Tuesday and Wednesday. Hands get soo cold that it takes hours to warm up. It’s pretty tough, but then we know that we have just passed the shortest day and we are heading towards the warmth over again! One of our members emailed us a very lovely Solstice Poem (Thank You, Vanessa) and I have pasted it here to pass it on as it so true for us here on the farm; by working with the land and the plants we are so lucky to still have that strong connection with the rhythms of the earth:

May you be warm

as the winter cold grows stronger.

May you take the time to rest within.

Knowing … the light now grows longer,

the sun will call us outward once again

In the ever-changing cycle

of the seasons

and our lives.


Although many of us might be more and more on the verge to lose the connection with the land/earth (as it is seen much more interesting and with a much better income potential to work behind our computers and other IT gadgets) our connection with mother Earth goes deeper still. This following article was send to me recently and talks about “Healthy soil microbes, healthy people”.

(Frank has been boring every body to death with this for years and is relieved to see such a prominent confirmation of his theory. It’s the main reason why he is doing what he is doing!!!). Regretfully, Monsanto and other like minded business people will most likely try and patent them in years to come! (This is Frank’s real fear, probiotic’s and prebiotic can be easily developed and maintained on the farm keeping the farm independent and the quality of the produce high).  

Where are we going?

A recent research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe involving laboratory tests on urine samples from volunteers in 18 countries across Europe found that on average 44 percent of samples contained glyphosate. The proportion of positive samples varied between countries, with Malta, Germany, the UK and Poland having the most positive tests, and lower levels detected in Macedonia and Switzerland.  All the volunteers who provided samples live in cities, and none had handled or used glyphosate products in the run-up to the tests.  See the links below for more information.!/2013/06/are-you-roundup-ready-spray-poison-eat.html

This result worries me as, coming from an EU country myself I was under the impression that Glyphosate in the Netherlands was low in comparison to what I see being used here in New Zealand. I wonder now what we would find if we did the same tests here?

Egg update

I am updating the CSA waiting list for our eggs.  We are expecting a rise in egg production soon now that the days are slowly going to get longer again and anyone keen to get some should email me on They are $4.75 per 6.

In the news again!

Frank will be back on National Radio this Sunday morning between 10 and 11 am.  Jeremy Rose came to interview Frank and some other organic minded people from our local community.

Your CSA shares this week (glyphosate free guaranteed)

Small Veggie Share: potatoes or pumpkin, beetroot, onions, either kale, a cabbage or a bunch of broccoli shoots, and a sprig of bayleaf.

Large Veggie Share: potatoes or pumpkin, beetroot, onions, either kale, a cabbage or a bunch of broccoli shoots, leeks, either a bag of perpetual spinach, a celery or a bulb of fennel, a bunch of baby turnips, a bunch of coriander, a pumpkin and a sprig of bayleaf.

Lets hope winter is a bit easy on us this year so that crops can recover quickly.

Have great week,

Josje and the farm team