Articles by Phyliss Tichinin

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Food Myths

01 December 2019

And soon we’re going to have to document for consumers in real time that our agricultural practices actually deliver these social goods. I make no bones about it – I think that if we screw over our soils by nuking…

Phyliss Tichinin01 December 2019

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Orgasmic Peaches

04 February 2017

Hawke’s Bay has a great growing climate … aside from the wind. We also have some great soils. And we have water for irrigation. But most of us are coasting on our illusory laurels of food quality. Yes, we have…

Phyliss Tichinin04 February 2017

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Roundup … Friend or Foe?

08 June 2015

Roundup, the farmer’s and backyard gardener’s harmless friend … or not? The most ubiquitous of weed killers, most likely there’s some in your garage or shed right now. Over the past forty years users and consumers have been told it…

Phyliss Tichinin08 June 2015

On-Farm Water Storage...A Better Alternative for CHB?

10 November 2013

“Is it wise to put  all our eggs in one dam basket?” That’s the question asked by some farmers who would like access to irrigation water, but are concerned with the cost and environmental implications of the Ruataniwha Water Storage…

Phyliss Tichinin10 November 2013

A Fresh Soil Campaign for Hawke’s Bay

09 September 2013

Hats off to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council! On second thought… HBRC actually has a Resource Management Plan Objective 38 that states there should be no long-term degradation of the physical or biological properties of the soil. This would be…

Phyliss Tichinin09 September 2013

‘Re-grooving’ the Agricultural Mafia

10 May 2013

To dam or not to dam. The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council assures us that if the Makaroro dam is built, Ruataniwha Plains farmers will shift to ‘best farming practices’ and the environment and the economy will benefit. What are these…

Phyliss Tichinin10 May 2013

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Just Like Children & Snuffles

30 December 2012

Hawke’s Bay … home of lovely fruit, scenic rivers, pristine beaches and a commitment to sustainable agriculture. Is this a Tui moment? We say we’re concerned about the environmental footprint of farming. That we’re leading the way with management practices…

Phyliss Tichinin30 December 2012

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Dragonflies in the tractor radiator... a good sign

06 November 2012

Which would you rather eat… A soft, bland dull-coloured apple or a crunchy, sweet, bright-skinned apple with light-up-your-tongue flavour? Roger Curtis of Shiloh Orchards in Hastings knows how to produce the second type of apple and he’s convinced it all…

Phyliss Tichinin06 November 2012

Let’s grow stellar foods

27 December 2011

I’m committed to a Hawke’s Bay that possesses the purest water, the best health statistics, the most contented citizens and a worldwide reputation for awesome food grown on biologically humming soils. My vision for the region in twenty years is…

Phyliss Tichinin27 December 2011