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14 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 10, 2014 www.times.co.nz 122491 D Family owned and operated for 35 years. From modest beginnings in Wellington Street, Howick to an extensive site in Pakuranga’s Ben Lomond Crescent catering for the whole community. Specialising in: building products – decking, fencing, pergolas, landscaping; panel products; mouldings; timber for ever y job Proud to offer sound advice – prices – service – delivery! OUR MOTTO: A Tradition Of Quality Are sky-high petrol prices sucking the money out of your wallet? Shop local and reap the benefits 11 Trugood Drive, East Tamaki We also supply Trellis, Fencing, Decking and Retaining Timbers Ph 274 5978, Fax 274 9878 125476 Untreated pine offcuts 3 cubic metres delivered $130.00 per load local area Pakuranga/ East Tamaki Other areas by arrangement FIREWOOD Check out the Times Classifieds Trades & Services listings... In print and Online. Ph 271 8055 www.times.co.nz With help from thousands of green-fingered readers, at Garden-NZ we share the knowledge so we all can know how our gardens grow. We’re more than just talk... we listen too! Joinustoday! Garden Garden Garden Garden facebook.com/GardenNZ Visit New Zealand’s BEST GARDENING WEBSITE garden-nz.co.nz The ultimate online resource for the gardening community AMERICAN agriculturist Joel Salatin has been labelled ‘The World’s Most Innovative Farmer’ by Time Magazine. The prolific writer and public speaker was guest at the first Auckland South Business lunch for 2014 organised by Auckland Council CCO, ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development). Jerry Brunetti, a worldwide lecturer specialising in formulation and production of health products for farm livestock, equine, pets and humans, says Joel “explodes the myth that modern society is the culmination of human genius”. “He shows how our buy-in to the industrialisation of farming has been a recipe for far too many ills – while demonstrating his practical take on a farm and food system that generates the least amount of risk to ourselves and the environment”. Joel’s analysis starts with the minute microbes that live in the soil and the “three trillion bacteria found in each of us. It’s a magical, mysterious world of invisibles; the foundation of everything we touch in the soil and in us”, he says. “We don’t think about this community enough. We don’t think of it in terms of the stock market or the economy, and yet no civilisation can be healthier than the health of this invisible community. “The earth doesn’t run on stocks and bonds, it is as mystical as sunbeams. You dance in it [the sun], walk in it, you can feel it, but you can’t grasp it – and yet this energy is the source of the entire planet.” Photosynthesis, he says, creates wood, grass, bushes and biomass, causing the planet to be operated by invisible beings and decomposing biomass. The invisibles, he says, operate the planet’s water, air, food and soil development systems. “If the [human] system ultimately depletes the resources – spoiling the air, reducing water supply and losing soil - we’re not sustainable.” Today’s society, he says, has replaced “the fundamental intricate system of nature with short-cut hubris”. He talks about three principles for a sustainable regenerative civilisation. Nature is fundamentally carbon-centric, not petroleum- centric, he says. Leaves fall and decompose, grass is eaten by herbivores. Systems for onsite carbon regeneration, he says, could involve plants on top of commercial buildings. Their cooling effect would eliminate the need for air conditioning. Instead of directing roof rain water to the sewers, people could hook up an exercycle to pump the water back to the roof for the plants – “that’s a carbon-centric system”. People must study natural systems which are integrated, not segregated, “it’s about physically interacting with the ecology”. “With the demands for growth, we are pillaging the landscape, so the only way to interact with Reconnecting with Get into the home kitchen, meet a farmer, go to a farmers’ market, and start cutting out parts of the foodscape, such as supermarkets and processors, who are disempowering people from their food. MARIANNE KELLY finds inspiration in Joel Salatin’s unique brand of ‘agritainment’.
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