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Pukekohe Farm Environment Plan workshops

HortNZ, Vegetables New Zealand, and Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association are offering workshops to step Auckland and Waikato vegetable growers through a Farm Environment Plan using the NZGAP Environment Management System (EMS) add-on.

Workshop schedule

The table below provides a schedule of future workshops. These dates may be subject to change, so please refer to this webpage and the HortNZ newsletter for any updates.

HortNZ will email growers with any additional information and reminders ahead of workshops.

Unless otherwise stated, workshops will take place at the Pukekohe Indian Association Events Centre.

Workshops

Date & Time

Content

Workshop 1

(DONE)

Wed 24 March

2 - 4 pm

Lucy Deverall and Andrew Barber

  1. Policy update
  2. FEP mapping requirements (homework before next workshop)
  3. Introduction to FEPs (repeat of Nov 2019 intro workshop)

Field visit

(DONE)

Wed 21 April

11:30am – 1pm

Field visit to Pukekawa property. SRPs for a cleanfill site and cultivated paddocks.

Workshop 2

(DONE)

Wed 21 April

2 - 4 pm

Andrew Barber

  1. Mapping
  2. Soils

 

Workshop 3

(DONE)

Wed 2 June

2 - 4 pm

Andrew Barber and Luke Posthuma

  1. Nutrient management
  2. Irrigation management
  3. Questions following previous workshop

 

Workshop 4

TBC

Andrew Barber

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Action Plan
  3. EMS Checklist self-assessment in preparation for audit
  4. Next steps to audit

We recommend both management and operational staff responsible for implementing the Farm Environment Plan attend the workshops.