Manuka Farming presents at Rotorua land use event

The Rotorua Land Use Innovation Series is a series of presentations and workshops running throughout August discussing the latest ideas for land use innovation for Rotorua.

The series brings together farmers and entrepreneurs* discussing their stories of innovation as well as industry specialists talking dairy sheep, farm tourism, manuka, honey, farm forestry and more.

Two field days are scheduled at the end of August and end of September including a site visit to Spring Sheep, Taupo, to view and learn more about dairy sheep operations.

$2.5 million funding is available for new land ventures which will contribute to a Low-N future for Lake Rotorua so if you want to find out what is possible and create a new future with your land, register now.  Limited seating available so be in quick!

Please feel free to forward this invitation on to others who may be interested.

Thursday 2nd August, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Series Launch – Opportunities and Innovation
The series commences with guests James Fitzgerald (Canopy Tours) and Warren Parker (Chair, Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group) discussing the obstacles and opportunities for innovation both on-farm and off.  (Drinks and nibbles provided).

Series workshops continue each week during August.  Each workshop comprises approximately 60 minutes of presentations followed by 90 minutes of discussion with a light lunch.

Thursday 9th August, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Manuka and Farm Forestry
Steven Lee (GM, Manuka Farming NZ) and Bronwyn Douglas (Marketing, Manuka Farming NZ) – ‘Opportunities for Plantation Manuka Honey’.
Warren Parker – ‘The Billion Trees Project: What does that mean for Rotorua’
Andy Dick – ‘Afforestation Opportunities, carbon and dNitro – the new online tool’.
Anna Grayling (BOPRC) – ‘How the Incentives Programme can help’

Tuesday 14th August, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Farm Tourism
Sarah Coatsworth (Dairy Farmer) – ‘Opportunities in Farm Tourism’
Michelle Templer (CEO, Destination Rotorua) – ‘Tourism trends in Rotorua’
Bill Young (TAPS) – ‘The Rotorua Land Use Directory’
Rotorua Lakes Council – ‘Planning and subdivision opportunities’

Thursday 23rd August, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Integrated Land Use
Nick Hammond (COO, Spring Sheep) – ‘Opportunities in Sheep Milking’
Michele Connell (Off the Beaten Track) – ‘From dairy farming to OTBT’
Presenter TBC – ‘Farm Forestry and Integrated Land Use’
Anna Grayling (BOPRC) – ‘Support Available’

Thursday 30th August, 9.00am – 2.00pm
Field Trip (TBC – selected by participant feedback)

Thursday 27th September, 9.00am – 2.00pm
Field Trip – Spring Sheep, Taupo farm
Nick Hammond (COO, Spring Sheep)

Register now for all or any of the workshops and field days that you wish to attend. The field trip planned for Thursday 30th August will be selected from workshop participant feedback.

* Presenters subject to change.

To register visit here