Welcome to my very first blog. I’m Cherryle Prew, manager and owner of Soil Foodweb NZ.
Over the past 14 years I have attempted to keep in touch with friends and clients of SFI NZ by newsletters and flyers. Hopefully a blog will be a much better way. You will be able to look me up anytime and catch up with my latest news and thoughts.
One of the most rewarding components of my job is the interesting array of people I work with. A perfect case in point is an agricultural scientist by the name of Jim O’Gorman, otherwise known as the Dirt Doctor, Jim has a small property in Kakanui. It’s just south of Oamaru and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Just gorgeous. He once told me his mission is to discover ways of successful plant production utilising the simplest of tools. Something that he could pass onto third world societies where food production is challenging.
Jim sent me an email the other day with some great photos from his tomato green house. The variety is Potentate which was very popular in the 1960’s. It is open pollinated, not grafted, and not a hybrid. The photos below show a beautiful crumb structured soil which is getting deeper each year.
Nothing unusual huh?
Except… tomatoes have been grow biologically in the same soil for fifteen years.
The yield is greater than ever.
There is no whitefly
One only plant lost out of 150 (stunted)
Straight after tomatoes the house is planted in potatoes
The house is looking healthy
Hope it tells a story
I should add here that Jim obtains biological assessments on his soils every year and we have noticed a continual improvement which supports his success. His only fertiliser, pest and disease management are applications of his own composts and compost teas. The quality of his produce is so good that it is regularly requested by the Chef of Govenment House for state dinners.