The Opportunities for Beauty

By Brian Megaw | March 21, 2022

The Opportunities for Beauty I have never been convinced that New Zealand's climate change obligations can be at least partially met by the blanketing of our landscape in the ugliness of monoculture pine trees. It is not just the monotony of this type of forestry, but also, as I see it, there are so many [...]

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 [...]

Wellness

By Brian | December 14, 2019

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the pupils [...]

Buffalo and The Benefits of Diversity

By Brian | March 31, 2019

Buffalo and The Benefits of Diversity Meet Buffalo Buffalo is a new, and somewhat unplanned, arrival at River Valley. While we knew and planned that there would be a couple like Buffalo in the Spring, his arrival a week ago – early autumn - was a real surprise. Buffalo is the offspring of Susan, who [...]

Complicated vs. Complex

By Brian | June 14, 2018

Complicated vs. Complex. What’s the Difference and Why is it Important? In New Zealand rural areas, production of various commodities invariably dominates the landscape. This could be dairy operations on the Canterbury plains, the Waikato and Taranaki. On hill country in both the North & South Islands, sheep and cattle production dominates, while in areas, […]

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