New Zealand FarmCategoriesLifestyle Soil Health

Not All Emissions Are Evil And Smelly.

Now that COP26 is mostly out of the news headlines – does anyone actually know what the world agreed on without googling it?

Well, in an organically-grown nutshell, countries need to do more to reduce greenhouse emissions, urgently (no surprises there). And while coal seemed to be the Big Bad Wolf in the news headlines – there was very little said about the world’s use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers – one New Zealand’s biggest polluters.

 

Agriculture in clean, green ‘Enzee’ makes up for 49 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions – well it did in 2018 – and shows no signs of slowing down. For the last few decades we’ve been ramping-up livestock production to meet world-demand for our excellent meat, dairy and wool. And our lovely paddocks just haven’t been able to keep up with amount of feed for those big, hungry beasties.

 

And that’s where synthetic nitrogen comes in. Synthetic nitrogen supercharges the growth of grass (as well as other crops) so more livestock can feed per hectare. But that comes at a serious cost. Synthetic nitrogen upsets the natural balance of the land, creates more emissions from livestocks’ burps and farts, and actually creates another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, when it’s applied. Plus, around half of it is imported, made overseas using fossil fuels and the run-off into our waterways can leave our rivers fighting for their lives.

 

It’s bad news, all round. So what’s the alternative for commercial farmers?

 

Well, when it comes to agriculture – doing less is best. By putting less pressure on the environment and helping it to look after us naturally. To change, we need different thinking, like how Joseph Ayoub started Swift Grow, our all-natural organic fertiliser.

 

Joseph didn’t intend to create fertiliser, he started out farming organic barramundi. To ensure he had a 100% organic product, free of any traces of mercury, he had to move away from commercially-sourced feed, so began making his own. To his surprise, the organic fish manure that was discarded caused the neighbouring trees and plants to…well, grow like crazy.

 

This accidental discovery put Joseph on a course to enhance the manure and remove the smell of the fishy emissions. Joseph upgraded the farm to use Recirculation Aquaculture Systems which allows precise control of what goes in and what comes out. This includes the harvesting of the fish excrement as a by-product which is purified and sold as a concentrated liquid fertiliser.

 

It is available in commercial quantities, and for the home gardener. It’s an all-natural fertiliser than can replace synthetic fertilisers, help return damaged soil to its natural balance, and make crops of all kinds flourish.

 

It didn’t take the world’s leaders to achieve this – just some clever thinking and odour-free fish emissions.

 

To find out more about the impact of synthetic fertilisers and intensive agriculture check out these links:

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/300424150/saving-biodiversity-starts-here-at-home-with-changing-agriculture

 

https://www.tyrantfarms.com/5-organic-farming-facts-you-should-know/

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/climate-change-conference-emissions-to-be-cut-by-50-per-cent-below-2005-levels-by-2030/WRDDTBYBIRDSOTQSDP7UH6KWLI/

Woman and her young child planting vegetables in home garden.CategoriesLifestyle Soil Health

The Good Soil.

Whether you’re a casual urban green finger or a seasoned lifestyle gardener, you’ll know the only thing better than growing your own herbs, fruit and veggies is creating an incredible, full-flavoured dish with them.

Those of us in urban areas lucky enough to have found a dedicated patch to grow fresh produce in our backyards, might find soil conditions aren’t as great as they should be. This could be due to the heavy earthmoving and landscaping carried out while our neighbourhoods were being developed. Soils low in nutrients and organic matter will result in produce lacking in colour and size, and tasting a bit bland on the plate.

 

But don’t rush off to the garden centre to nuke your veggie patch with man-made chemical fertilisers. These can upset the natural balance of your soil, and be harmful to kids, pets and the multitude of tiny creatures that keep our little piece of paradise in balance.

 

Naturally occurring organic fertilisers such as Swift Grow make sure your little, edible garden gets everything it needs to produce delicious, plump and colourful fruit and veggies – while looking after the soil and its diverse microcosm of flora and fauna.

 

Swift Grow is created from the manure collected at a 100% organic fish farm. It’s founder and creator, Genetics Engineer Joseph Ayoub, has been on a personal mission to produce the full flavoured organic foods he remembers from his childhood but seem to be lacking in today’s mass-produced varieties.

 

Joseph set up a small barramundi fish farm in New South Wales in 2007 and quickly realised that to achieve a truly organic status he’d need to create the fish’s food supply too. That’s when he noticed the fish manure discarded as fertiliser on the farm nearby caused the trees and plants to grow prolifically. Their fruit yield, size, colour and aroma was so amazing that he was reminded of the produce from his childhood.

 

Joseph has since upgraded his farm to purify this ‘fish-water’ make it ‘zero-smell’ and named it Swift Grow, which has been impressing both commercial and artisan growers alike.

 

If you’re looking for the satisfaction of garden-to-table fruit and veggies then look for an organic fertiliser option like Swift Grow to keep your soil in optimum conditions, and impress your guests with outstanding looking and tasting produce.

 

For more tips on soil health and growing great plants check out these great links:

https://www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz/garden-advice/garden-tips/healthy-soils/

https://www.ediblebackyard.co.nz