Looking to go organic and not sure where to start? New Zealand is filled with a wealth of experience, and we’d like to help you connect with some names within the sector to really help you get started.

Please be aware that we are not affiliated with any of the below courses or workshops. Our only recommendation is to ensure you fully research what’s available to you. If you have any questions regarding organic certification, please contact us directly for expert knowledge.

If you offer organic educative services in New Zealand and would like to be featured, please contact Robyn.

Universities and Institutes

Biological Husbandry Unit - Lincoln University, Christchurch

Key Contacts: Charles Merfield & Bill Martin

Diploma in Organic Agri-Food Production - July intake


Toi Ohomai - Tauranga

Key Contacts: Ruth Mclean (Cropping), Boyd Harris (Livestock)

Level 4 Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Crop Production) - July intake

Level 4 Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Livestock) - July intake


Southern Institute of Technology - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Level 3 Certificate in Organic Primary Production - January, March, June & August intake

Level 4 Certificate in Organic Primary Production (Crop or Livestock) - January, March, June & August intake


Workshops & Courses

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Membership groups

Southern Organic Group

Key Contacts: Keith Dyer (032064969) & Allan Richardson (032042134)

Location: South Island, New Zealand

Key information: 60+ members with focus on organic livestock, meetings take place every other month with regular farm discussions. Website is currently under construction, please contact Keith or Allan for enquiries.



Organic Dairy Pastoral Group

Key Contacts:

Location: New Zealand

Key information: A national representative body for certified organic livestock and cropping farms with 100+ members. Regular workshops utilising national and international experts. See website for further information.



Organic Winegrowers New Zealand

Key Contacts:

Location: New Zealand

Key information: Grower-led organisation dedicated to organic and biodynamic practice. Annual conference and seminar series available to all members. See website for further information.



Educative programmes

Toru Education

Key Contacts: Doris Zuur

Location: Otaki, New Zealand

Key information: Focus on permaculture ethics and principles. Permaculture Design Course available in March - see website for further information.



Pakaraka Permaculture

Key Contacts: Niva Kay

Location: Kauaeranga Valley, Thames, New Zealand

Key information: Based on Pakaraka Farm, which is 215 acres of diverse ecological agriculture projects and regenerating bush. A handful of workshops available for organic gardening and small-scale farming throughout the year. See website for further information.



Taruna College

Key Contacts: Charmaine Wilson

Location: Havelock North, New Zealand

Key information: A focus on biodynamics, offering regular courses - see website for further information.



Organic Consultation

Listed below are individuals that have incremental knowledge, and work with the sector to provide courses and workshops for you to attend.

OrganicAg

Key Contacts: Bill Quinn

Location: New Zealand

Key information: OrganicAg was formed to deliver a range of services to support primary producers converting or currently operating as organic. Knowledge of organic stems back to 1985 when Bill converted his drystock/horticulture unit and now offers 50 workshops per year. See website for more information.

Earthbridge Organics

Key Contacts: Vivienne Cruickshank

Location: New Zealand

Key Information: Viv managed a commercial export pipfruit orchard & packhouse through organic conversion 30 years ago and is an experienced senior auditor with organic certifier BioGro NZ. She has tutored NZQA levels 3 & 4 organic horticulture and agriculture, a mentors commercial operations through their organic certification process. See website for more information.

True Health

Key Contacts: Phyllis Tichinin

Location: New Zealand

Key information: Phyllis is a eco-nutritionist with a passion for regenerative farming practices, consulting for the production of nutrient-dense food that enhances, rather than detracts from the environment. With a focus on dairy, Phyllis consults to both industry and the farming community. See website for more information.

Organic Farm Systems

Key Contacts: Glenn Mead

Location: New Zealand

Key information: Glenn is a 5th generation farmers with 20 years experience, including 10 years as certified organic. Advisory work covers varied farming practices including - dairy, sheep, beef, deer, pigs, cropping, goats, hydroponics, small holdings and lifestyle farms. See website for more information.

Integrity Soils

Key Contacts: Nicole Masters

Location: Australia & New Zealand

Key information: Specialist in regenerative agriculture systems. Facilitates workshops, to which 20/30% of the courses are with an organic focus. This can increase on demand - see website for more information.