SFF Project Summary

Project Title: Trees on farms workshops
Grant No.: 11/047
   

Contact Details

Name of Applicant Group: New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
Contact Person: Harriet Palmer
Address: 49b Totara Road
Miramar
Wellington
6022
Telephone 1: 04 973 3077
Telephone 2:
Facsimile:
Email: harriet.palmer@paradise.net.nz

Project Details

Status: In Progress
SFF Funding: 193,901
Total Project Funding: 318,701
Proposed Start Date: Jul-11
Proposed Finish Date: Jul-14
Region: National
Sector: Forestry
climate change
Sub-sector: Farm Forestry
Topic: alternative land use
biodiversity
business sustainability
climate change
information transfer
soils


Latest update

Project description

Twenty six “Trees on Farms” workshops will be run over three years with each workshop hosted by one of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association branches in association with the Tane’s Tree Trust network.

The regional workshops will include presentations and a field visit with input from a strong team of nationally-recognised tree experts, farm consultants as well as local input. New non-traditional farm forestry audiences will be reached through Young Farmers, Rural Women, Landcorp, AgFirst and NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF) networks.

Issue/opportunity

Farmers plant trees for a myriad of reasons, and the term “farm forestry” embraces all of these. However, there are many parts of New Zealand desperate for more tree cover. The combination of planting to mitigate severe weather events, contribute to carbon sequestration and most importantly to improve farm economics is not well understood as a basis for long term farming sustainability. This project aims to reach non-farm foresters to provide information on their farm planting options, especially from a farm economic perspective. The workshop format and associated field trips supported by video clips (pod casts) and the collation of existing information will enable people new to farm planting to learn the current best practices of tree planting options within a farming context. New planting of specialty timber species, both exotic and indigenous and/or pine should lead to:

Context/background

Information for farmers about tree species selection, planting and management is very fragmented. There is a lack of knowledge around which tree species to plant where, and for what benefits (both short term and long term). Partly because of this lack of knowledge and understanding, many farmers resist the idea of planting trees. With the implementation of ETS, there is increased impetus for renewed planting to occur throughout New Zealand.

Information is needed on how to site trees most effectively within a farm landscape to augment farm income and address land management issues (e.g. planting on erosion-prone land), off-set carbon emissions and/or enable farmers to comply with local government requirements for planting riparian areas.

There is a wealth of experience from knowledgeable farm foresters, farm consultants, scientists and other land managers (regional council etc.) which has not been disseminated to those managing the land. The combination of the experiences of those national and local experts can be aligned with the strength of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association branch structure. Each workshop will be led by a team from each of the 26 farm forestry branches from Northland to Southland. This structure combined with the networks of Rural Women, Young Farmers, Tane’s Tree Trust, Agfirst and Landcorp will see information presented to new audiences other than traditional farm foresters.

Methods

This project will undertake a series of targeted regional workshops,including at least one hui to cover key issues of interest to farmers associated with using trees within a farm landscape. The input of Regional Councils, Young Farmers, Rural Women, Landcorp and Agfirst will bring the workshops to a wider audience than just existing farm foresters. Workshop themes will be determined in conjunction with each NZFFA branch and Tane’s Tree Trust committees. At the local level other farming/forestry organisations such as DairyNZ, Beef+LambNZ, NZIF and Landcare Trust will be included in workshop advertising to maximise land manager involvement.

New Zealand has been divided into six regions, Eastern North Island; Southern South Island; Central North Island; Central South Island; Northern North Island Northern South Island. Two regions will be visited each year for three years with 6-11 workshops each year.

Latest update

Project plan: Planning is almost complete for the remaining 15 Trees on Farms workshops. There will be 12 South Island workshops; these will go ahead between April 22nd and May 9th, starting in the south of the South Island and moving gradually north. The three Northland workshops will be held on May 22nd -24th, starting in the Upper North and moving south.  Members of the project team will carry out ‘dry runs’ at all locations in March to ensure all venues and programmes are suitable, and that workshops will run smoothly and achieve their objectives.  A concerted publicity/media campaign is planned from late March 2014 onwards. Other preparatory work includes collating material for the resource pack to be given to all workshop participants.

Video clips: Videoing is now complete. As well as filming farm foresters in Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast regions, three further videos have been completed to fill gaps in North Canterbury, Ashburton and the Southern High Country.   All videos are being catalogued and will be made available on the NZFFA website at the end of the project. The relevant ones will also be made available on DVD as part of the resource packs given to participants at the forthcoming workshops.


Update

Project plan: Planning is now well underway for the remaining 16 workshops. The 13 South Island workshops are scheduled to be held between April 22nd and May 9th, starting in the south of the South Island and moving gradually north. The three Northland workshops will be held in late May.

Video clips: Plans are in place to shoot the remaining video clips in Marlborough, Nelson, and on the West Coast. The filming on-site is scheduled for Nov 12th-15th; post-production will be completed by the end of 2013. These videos, along with all the others filmed previously, are being catalogued and will be made available on the NZFFA website by the end of the project. The relevant ones will also be made available on DVD as part of the resource packs given to workshop participants.


Update

Project plan

Taupo workshop to be held in Reporoa 27 March 2013. South Island workshops to be held by end of June 2013 and discussions initiated.

Video clips

A total of 57 video clips now completed covering these branches; Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taupo, Taranaki, Waitomo, Waikato, Southland, Men of Trees, South Otago, Mid Otago and North Otago branches Southern High Country, South Canterbury, Ashburton, Central Canterbury, North Canterbury, Lower North, Mid-North and Far-North

Media profile

Through the efforts of project member Vivienne Maclean excellent coverage has been achieved for the workshop series to date. Reporting to the NZFFA Action Group weekend in Taupo on 17 November 2012 and an article provided for the February 2013 issue of the Tree Grower.

Young farmer’s initiative

The 2012 initiative by Ian Nicholas and Angus Gordon to work with Manawatu branch, Pahiatua, of Young farmers Association is considered for further development.

Workshops

Nine workshops have been completed covering Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Waitomo, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Waikato branches. 650 people have attended the nine workshops held to date, based on the sample of feedback forms collected over 60% of attendees have been non-farm forestry. The Bay of Plenty workshop was focussed on Maori trusts. The next workshop is confirmed for Taupo on 27 March 2013.


Update

Project plan

Discussions are underway with South Island and Taupo branche set date for March 20 workshop in 2013.

Video clips

A total of 57 video clips now completed covering these branches; Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taupo, Taranaki, Waitomo, Waikato, Southland, Men of Trees, South Otago, Mid Otago and North Otago branches Southern High Country, South Canterbury, Ashburton, Central Canterbury, North Canterbury, Lower North, Mid-North and Far-North

Media profile

Through the efforts of project member Vivienne Maclean excellent coverage has been achieved for the workshop series to date. Ian Nicholas has spoken to NZFFA national conference on the project, and has spoken to the central north Island NZIF branch and Tane’s Tree Trust AGM on the project.

Young farmer’s initiative

A recent initiative from Young farmers Association has been a request that they liaise with farm forestry branches on the theme “ Trees on Farms” for a discussion/workshop programme for their club “kickstart” project. . Ian Nicholas and Angus Gordon talked to Manawatu branch at Pahiutua on August 6

Workshops

Nine workshops have been completed covering Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Waitomo, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taranaki , Bay of Plenty and Waikato branches. 650 people have attended the nine workshops held to date, based on the sample of feedback forms collected over 60% of attendees have been non-farm forestry. The Bay of Plenty workshop was focussed on Maori trusts.


Update

Project plan

Discussions are underway with South Island and Taupo branches for workshops in 2013.

Video clips

A total of 37 video clips covering Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taupo, Taranaki, Waitomo, Waikato, Southland, Men of Trees, South Otago, Mid Otago and North Otago branches has been completed Further filming is planned for July.

Media profile

Through the efforts of project member Vivienne Maclean excellent national coverage has been achieved for the workshop series. Ian Nicholas has spoken to NZFFA national conference on the project and he recently updated members of the central north Island NZIF branch on the project.

Young Farmer's initiative

A recent initiative from Young farmers Association has been a request that they liaise with farm forestry branches on the theme "Trees on Farms" for a discussion/workshop programme for their club "kickstart" project. Ian Nicholas is scheduled to talk to Manawatu branch in August.

Workshops

Nine workshops have been completed covering Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Waitomo, Wairarapa, Wellington, Middle District, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Waikato branches.  6370 people have attended the nine workshops held to date, based on the sample of feedback forms collected over 60% of attendees have been non-farm forestry.


Update

Project plan

Discussions are underway with seven branches scheduled to hold workshops before the end of June 2012.

Video clips

A total of 25 farm foresters have been videoed from, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Middle Districts, Taupo, Taranaki, Waitomo and Waikato branches by Ian Nicholas and video filmer John Conly of Johny Boy Production. 14 have been completed with another 11 in the editing phase.

Media profile

For the February workshop press releases notes were supplied to over 25 Farming magazines, forestry magazines, radio and television outlets.  Once finalised workshop outlines are placed on the NZFFA web site. An article on the February workshop appeared in the New Zealand Farmers weekly magazine. An editorial outling the project was published in the February Newsletter of Tane's Tree Trust.

Young farmers initiative

Discussions are continuing with Young farmers Association on their discussion/workshop programme on the theme " Trees on Farms" for their club "kickstart" project. Ian Nicholas will liaise this with support from NZFFA executive member Angus Gordon.

First and second workshops

The first workshop near Gisborne was held on November 17  2011, at Weysledale, Wangara, Gisborne with the theme " Trees for Profit"  This attracted 50 people. The second workshop was held at Wallingford in Central Hawkes Bay on February 15th 2012 with the theme" Poplar management" which 113 people attended.

Revised schedule

Because of conference pressures, the planned 2012 series of workshops in the Otago and Southland regions have been shifted to 2013, being replaced with Central North Island branches.

Feedback

To date, based on feedback forms just over half the people attending are not members of the farm forestry association. The majority of people have learnt something new and had their expectations mostly met. There has been very positive feedback from the video clips.

Provisional  2012 programme

updates on nzffa.org.nz

 


Update

Project plan. A meeting of six members of the project team met in Rotorua in July to discuss workshop scope and details. The project plan was completed in September. Meetings were held with Waitomo, Taupo, Gisborne, Lower North Bay of Plenty NZFFA committee members to discuss workshops. Meetings were also held with Landcare Trust and Te Arawa FOMA.

Video clips. A practice video by Ian Nicholas and video filmer John Conly of Johny Boy Production, was undertaken on two Bay of Plenty Farm Foresters in August. In September Ian Nicholas and John Conly of Johny Boy Production spent 10 days interviewing 10 farm foresters covering Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Middle District branches.

Unfortunately due to equipment failure much of the recorded interviews have been lost although some property footage has been retained. However five video clips have been completed.

Media profile. Workshop background notes were supplied to 150 media outlets. As a result of this the workshops were mentioned on country TV Oct 3, follow up articles were written by Straight Furrow and Rural News. Ian Nicholas was also interviewed on National Radio, aired Sat 12 November. Ian Nicholas has been contacted by email by several people requesting details of workshops in their area.

Young farmers initiative:
A recent initiative from Young farmers Association has been a request that they liaise with farm forestry branches on the theme “ Trees on Farms” for a discussion/workshop programme for their club “kickstart” project. Ian Nicholas will liaise this with support from NZFFA executive member Angus Gordon.

“First and second workshops
Details of the first workshop for Gisborne were developed and completed. It will be held on November 17 2011, at Weysledale, Wangara ,Gisborne with the theme “ Trees for Profit” The second workshop will be held in Central Hawkes Bay on February 15th 2012with the theme” Poplar management”

Revised schedule.
Because of conference pressures, the planned 2012 series of workshops in the Otago and Southland regions have been shifted to 2013, being replaced with Central North Island branches.