What is the Post Quake Farming (PQF) Project?
Taking the problems the 2016 earthquakes caused farmers and turning it into opportunity: Creating diversified future-ready farm businesses.
Forestry and farming integration field day 3.
Flyer on PQF - two sided, print and tri-fold
Latest newsletter 27 April
Where is it?
An area of about 100 farms towards the East Coast of the South Island. From South Marlborough through to the Spotswood Basin, and to the inland Boundary of Kaikoura District and Hurunui District as far inland as Mount Paul Range/Amuri Basin.
The PQF fund was set up to support local affected farmers turn adversity into opportunity. It is funded through the MPI Earthquake Recovery Fund with support from Beef and Lamb New Zealand and Environment Canterbury.
The 2016 earthquakes left their mark on much of the farming area around North Canterbury and Southern Marlborough. Some farms lost up to 40% of their useable land. Around 30 farms were severely damaged, and infrastructure damage created problems for farmers whose primary income relied on moving stock around.
Building a prosperous, ethical, and enduring regional economy around multiple land-based enterprises across the area.
- Diversifying land use to gain revenue from different sources
- Mapping land and identifying which opportunities exist in different parts, unique to that farm
- Joining resources and creating opportunities as a community
- Optimal returns from land resources in the immediate term
- Develop new enterprises to optimise use of land resources in the long term
- Effectively link the story of our land and our people to our markets
- Look after our people so they can have a prosperous future
The Post-Quake Farming programme has been broken into workstreams to work towards the programme objectives.
Funding resource can be allocated to extension, building knowledge, tech transfer, etc. for a group or benefit of the wider community.
Workstream 1 - Extension and awareness
Workstream 2 - Indigenous forestry and biodiversity
Workstream 3 - Horticulture suitability
Workstream 4 - Rural tourism
Workstream 5 - Telling our story
Find out about our events
Latest newsletter March 2019
Horticulture workshop April 1, 2
Here's the presentation which Plant and Food gave in Kaikoura and Spotswood a couple of weeks ago.
The next step will be to undertake a high level assessment over all land less than 10 degrees in slope across the project area, with Virtual Climate Station data analysed at strategic locations.
Once this is complete we will do a debrief workshop to discuss next steps.
Sheep performance 4WD tour 20th-21st May
Forestry Field Day April 12
Media release on Forestry Field Day April 12th
Biodiversity on farm 4WD tour 30th April
Integrated farm and forestry 9th May NOTE NEW DATE