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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 2 - Wednesday 21 April

The second Farm Environment Plan (FEP) workshop is being held for Pukekohe vegetable growers on Wednesday 21 April. 

Field visit 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Before the workshop there will be a field visit to Chris Nicholson’s property, at Smeeds Quarry Road, Pukekawa. Here we will look at sediment retention ponds and discuss effective erosion and sediment controls for cultivated paddocks.

This will help you decide how best to manage the risk of erosion and soil loss from your paddocks in your FEP.

Workshop 2:00 – 4:00 pm

After the field trip, the workshop will take place in the Pukekohe Indian Hall, where lunch will be provided.

Using the NZGAP Environment Management System (EMS) add-on FEP template, the workshop will cover property mapping (Section 5 of the FEP) and soils (Section 6).  To get the most out of the day, please review the relevant FEP sections and come prepared with questions.

If you have any questions, please contact 

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.


Date & Time


Workshop 1


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

Wed 21 April

11:30am – 1pm

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

Workshop 2

Wed 21 April

2 - 4 pm

Andrew Barber

  1. Mapping
  2. Soils


Workshop 3

Wed 12 May

2 - 4 pm

Andrew Barber and Luke Posthuma

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


Workshop 4

Wed 2 June

2 - 4 pm

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.