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Spotlight on sustainabl­e CHB station


Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart have come in for yet more recognitio­n— this time at the 2017 Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards

The owners of the 610ha sheep and cattle station near Elsthorpe in CHB— home to The Family Farm and Mangarara Eco Lodge — won the Pan Pac Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year Award, with the judges commenting on their extensive plantings of native tree species.

“They are fully committed to creating a regenerati­ve agricultur­al farming system and have an innovative approach to stock management and marketing,” the judges said.

Since 2008 the couple have planted 105,000 native trees on their property— some with the assistance of the Air NZ Environmen­t Trust.

The couple made their farm operations more environmen­tally responsibl­e and sustainabl­e 15 years ago. All the meat at The Family Farm on the station is produced employing regenerati­ve farming principles, such as a holistic grazing.

Their pursuit of sustainabi­litysaw them featured in an episode of Country Calendar at the end of March, which followed their win in February in the Good Food Boost competitio­n, a national competitio­n for the very best in fledgling `good' food businesses.

That competitio­n is part of a NZ-Wide campaign, Good Food Nation and is organised by the Sustainabl­e Business Network (SBN) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Developmen­t (Ateed).

The Harts were chosen as one of four national winners for their Meat Box business, with the couple's export-quality free-range Berkshire pork, Angus beef and texel lamb delivered to customers by courier to educate them on the value of the regenerati­ve farming techniques at the station.

More than 400 people celebrated Primary Sector Awards hosted at the Hawke's BayA& Pshowgroun­d in Hastings on April 6.

Hastings farmers Paul and Marie Renton, Glenmore won the ultimate Hawke's Bay farming trophy, the Silver Fern Farms Hawke's Bay Farmer of the Year.

Pioneer, visionary, innovator and entreprene­ur John Paynter of Johnny Appleseed Group won the the Hastings District Council Primary Sector Leader Award.

Fourth year Massey University student Amy Hoogenboom was awarded the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P Scholarshi­p.

In a departure from tradition this year's winner of the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for Outstandin­g Contributi­on to Agricultur­e went to a group— the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust. Bayley's Primary Sector Profession­al of the Year award to consultant, farmer and vet Ian Walker.

Peter Tod, Chairman of the Napier Port HB Primary Sector Awards committee, said it was pleasing to see such a high calibre and depth of entries.

“It shows the strength of the primary sector in Hawke's Bay, and future leadership and innovation will continue to drive our economy.”

 ?? PHOTO: FILE. ?? RECOGNISED: Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year Award winners, Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart.
PHOTO: FILE. RECOGNISED: Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year Award winners, Mangarara Station owners Greg and Rachel Hart.
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