Commercial vegetable growers in the greater Auckland and Waikato regions are invited to the second Farm Environment Plan (FEP) workshop.
When: 5.30pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday 25 March
Where: Pukekohe Indian Hall
Cost: $200 per business per workshop (more than one person can attend)
This workshop will focus on mapping, and erosion and sediment control. It will step you through requirements under the New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) Environmental Management System (EMS).
The EMS add-on is available to all NZGAP and GLOBALG.A.P certified growers. It includes extra requirements to meet New Zealand regulatory requirements.
To get the most out of the workshop, we recommend digitally mapping your farm and bringing a printed version with you.
If you haven’t digitally mapped your property, we can help you. Once you have completed your EMS registration, we will send you mapping instructions, and can provide topography, soil type, soil moisture and drainage, land use capability, and drains/waterways from publicly available sources to overlay on your mapped property.
This information will help you assess your environmental risk at paddock scale, as part of the erosion and sediment control section of the EMS. At the workshop, we will step you through how to complete a paddock scale risk assessment, and tools and options to help you mitigate erosion risk and sediment loss from your property.
The FEP template checklist with these requirements is available by following
this link. Under EMS Documents, click the link to FEP templates (fillable pdf).
Don’t wait until the last minute to start your mapping process as you may not get your maps in time for the workshop.
The final FEP workshop will take place in late March. It will cover nutrient and water management, and biodiversity and mahinga kai.