In our June/July 2020 issue we talked to North Canterbury farmer and Hurunui Adverse Events Committee member, Andy Fox of Foxdown Farm. His passion for farming and community has seen him play a critical part in developing positive strategies when the district falls on hard times. Here he shares his top learnings, many of which can be applied to all work and personal situations.
The Banks Track in Akaroa describes itself as a feast for the senses, a feed for the soul and a feat for the spirit. But the heart is the story of how the landowners have tirelessly dedicated themselves to regenerating the land ravaged for its resources, back to its natural state.
After a candid interview with Christchurch-based accountant Pita Alexander, reciting his list of reasons farming businesses work, his number one was ‘marry well’. Sarah Perriam was inspired by Canterbury’s recent Ballance Farm Environment Award winners demonstrating the power of marrying together complementary skill sets to achieve the highest honour.
The future of New Zealand’s only true alpine bird hangs in the balance, but it’s hoped a joint predator control project between Te Manahuna Aoraki and a group of Aoraki/Mount Cook volunteers will provide the lifeline it needs to survive.
Gold at heart, down to earth and appreciated by many; the qualities of the Hislop family, one with a rich and fascinating history, are wonderfully similar to the product that has defined their industriousness over time: honey.
It’s being described as the ‘rehab’ from our destructive farming practices weaning our land off the ‘drugs’. Sarah Perriam digs deeper into what’s driving a new way of farming that is creating a groundswell of support in Canterbury, but not everyone’s convinced.