It Has Been a Bit of a Wild Spring. How is Summer Looking?

By Brian Megaw | December 6, 2020

It has been a wild spring. While days of Spring in New Zealand can always contain four seasons in one day, this Spring regularly has really lurched right across the full gambit. We have had a handful of scorching days. We have had a bunch of damn cold days – especially for the time of [...]

Incomplete Ecosystems

By Brian Megaw | November 28, 2020

I have recently been reading “The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lakes District” by James Rebanks. An excellent read by the way. The book is the story of James growing up, and then farming on his own on the Lakes District of Northern England. What became clear to me while reading this book was [...]

Coming Clean for Audits

By Brian Megaw | November 16, 2020

I have to come clean right at the beginning here and say I do not look forward to audits. With this in mind, I have to admit that while still requiring a great deal of preparatory work, the audits we have had of late were substantially more positive affairs than what I would have expected [...]

The Whole of It

By Brian Megaw | November 2, 2020

Over the last year or two, the term “Regenerative Agriculture” has been making some headlines, both in rural and general media. There has of course been the inevitable backlash from many in the establishment. As with any new idea in any field that gains support, other people who are either benefiting from the current system [...]

The Evolution of Garden Bed Development at River Valley Acres

By Brian Megaw | September 27, 2020

The Evolution of Garden Bed Development at River Valley Acres For this, the latest (and possibly last) extension to the River Valley Acres vegetable gardens, we decided to take a different approach to new bed creation. For those who have been following the evolution of the vegetable garden, I would like to recap how we [...]

And What War Would You Like Today, Sir?

By Brian | September 19, 2020

And What War Would You Like Today, Sir? By the end of World War 2, the most destructive war in history, the United Kingdom was spending over 50% of GDP on the military. The USA a little less as a percentage, but still over 40%. Contrast this with today, where most national military expenditure as [...]

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem?

By Brian | September 12, 2020

How Can One Billion Trees Be a Problem? As part of New Zealand's answer to meeting our climate change obligations is the crazy policy of one billion trees. What this policy says, in essence, is that rather than cutting back on our carbon emissions in transport, farming and other sectors, instead, we will offset them, [...]

Blue Duck Warriors

By Brian | September 3, 2020

Blue Duck Warriors I have always found it refreshing to spend time with passionate, hard-working people who have come together for a common goal. Hard-working people coming together in pursuit of a common goal was the situation at River Valley Lodge last weekend, the 29th and 30th August 2020. It was a diverse group comprising [...]

Early Spring Musings

By Brian | August 21, 2020

Early Spring Musings While not officially Spring yet, today, Spring is here. Early daffodils are adding a splash of colour to the green of pastures. The grass is growing, but surprisingly wanting some rain. Who would have thought we would ever say that at the end of a Taihape winter? There are a few lambs [...]

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