Lighthouse Farm meeting and end of year get-together

It was great to see so many at our end of year Lighthouse Farmer Meeting. More than 40 people met at Rowe Farms in Pongakawa for an outline of Grant Rowe and daughter Dayna's farming system and what they're doing differently.

From there we headed to Pukehina Parade for presentations, workshopping and a chance to get to know each other better over dinner. Presentations included:

Murray Linton who has been farming at Te Matai Rd since the 1990s, shared his experience of change.
Sarah Dudin presented on the principles of Land Use Capability (LUC) and ways to get the most out of different soil and land types.
Sally Lee talked about the importance of robust modelling on farm systems to explore alternative options that tread more lightly and retain profitability.

The larger group was split into five breakout groups to discuss and present solutions and tools to mitigate E.coli, nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and greenhouse gases. This provided an opportunity to brainstorm common issues, and the team is now looking at how best to use these learnings.

After a busy day we enjoyed a delicious dinner and beverages at the Pukehina Parade holiday home which overlooked the ocean.  Feedback from those who attended has been positive, and we've already got four Lighthouse Farm Days scheduled for 2022; big thanks to Sally Lee for taking the opportunity to find out the times of year that work best so as not to conflict with busy periods on-farm. We'll confirm these dates and advise in the new year. 


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