Don’t let lockdown put you off showcasing your success – that’s the message to Auckland regional farmers and growers from organisers of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, entries for which remain open until October 31.
The NZ Farm Environment Trust awards programme is designed to give food and fibre producers useful feedback as they work to achieve sustainability.
Trust general manager James Ryan says while some rural producers might feel they have had their wings clipped over the past two months, the trials of Covid-19 actually provide all the more reason to celebrate their efforts.
“Many farmers and growers have been busier than ever and we reckon they deserve to be celebrated,” he says.
“That’s why the trust is determined to showcase positive examples of farming and growing and recognise some of the characters in the food and fibre sector.”
He says that while there remains some uncertainty over running events in the short term, the widespread uptake of vaccinations means they are optimistic about being able to run functions and field days next year.
The Ballance awards are open to anyone achieving good practice across their rural business, whether in agriculture, horticulture or viticulture, from sheep, beef and dairy through produce and plants to forestry, fruit, wine and more.
Entries can be made by farmers and growers themselves, or people can be nominated by others, until Sunday, October 31.
For more details and entries, visit https://nzfeawards.org.nz/apply-now