We have been using Biogro Certified organic fertilizers from Environmental Fertilizers for over two years at our Organic At Home nursery. I find Grant and his team helpful and easy to deal with and love that they are a cost effective one stop shop for Biogro Certified fertilizers. Originally recommended to me by another organic grower, they are knowledgeable and always provide useful information on what I can do better to grow the best product I can. It’s amazing how much lush produce can be grown in a small space with the help of their products.
Mob: 027 686 8749
By the way (very exciting news): we had hay made off our property this week.
Instead of the expected 400 bales (as per the previous haul, before we put your products on our soil), we have 774… almost DOUBLE!!! Woohoo!!!
Merry Christmas, and we look forward to doing business with you again.
Erica & Craig Tate
I am an ex plant pathologist who used pesticides for 35 yrs to ‘manage’ the crop diseases I researched. In 2004 I walked away from this career when I learnt that crop diseases are not the real issue; depleted soil is.
If pest insects or diseases are infesting your crop you have a soil fertility problem. Pest insects and disease fungi are attracted to nutritionally depleted crops with high levels of free N, simple sugars and amino acids. Conversely, animals need high levels of protein, complex carbohydrates, fats, oils and minerals for health. Pesticides suppress protein synthesis in leaves and many herbicides are strong chelators, immobilising minerals essential for disease immunity.
Animals are nutritionally deprived on an insect diet and insects can’t stomach complex nutrition so avoid nutrient–dense crops. We have been deceived by the chemical industries that pesticides/GMO’s are necessary to feed the world. Crop pest/disease infestations actually represent nutrient deficiencies, and spraying pesticides to control them is 1] wasting your money, 2] profiting pesticide and supply companies, 3] feeding substandard crops to your stock and consumers, who 4] will reap the results of both poor nutrition and toxic residues in that food. To combat pests/diseases, feed your soil. It’s a living system.
I used to believe pesticides are essential to feed the world. I now know this is a marketing ploy and expensive cover-up for poor quality produce that wouldn’t otherwise be saleable. Herbicides do the same. They poison the beneficial microbes that cycle nutrients for plant growth. The more you use pesticides the more you will need them. Like drugs, pesticides provide a profitable business model for the agricultural chemical industry.
I am totally against the use of pesticides in agriculture because treating symptoms won’t fix depleted soil and they produce chronic toxicity and nutrient deficiency in soil, crops and crop produce. The same applies to GMO crops, especially herbicide-ready GMO crops. New Zealand is crazy to go down this path when all the signs point to dire consequences for its people, export markets and health care.
Dr Greg Tate, Turangi – April 2013
Just a note to thank you for advice over the last few years. As you recall I grow Dahlias for exhibition as a hobby. Three years ago I was put onto Environmental Fertilizers to try some of their products in an endeavour to improve the results of my plants and flowers. I am not an organic follower but as a keen competitor wanted to try any way possible to further succeed at the shows. I have in the latest season settled on a planned approach of using your carbon and humus builder, together with small applications of your nitrogen and calcium fertilizers and about four of the foliar products. Sounds a lot to the average gardener but the fun involved adds a new dimension to gardening. After growing dahlias competitively for some twenty five years I can advise you that the plants and flowers and results were my best in the last ten years. The bushes were robust, the flowers were on the whole just that much bigger overall and stems longer which is paramount in exhibiting. I know some of my colleagues will be contacting your company after visiting my garden.
Many thanks again.
ps.. The image shows a dahlia, ‘Elma Elizabeth’, a large decorative, growing in my patch.
Phil Bothamley, Waikanae – April 2013
I have known Grant Paton for over seven years and see him as an outstanding soil chemist and appreciate the depth of study and thought he has committed to each of the products he has formulated. I am very impressed with the effects of his products on clients farms that I have observed. The products I have used in the home garden scale have proven very effective and his advice much appreciated.
I find Grant 101% committed to improving clients production and minimising their ecological foot print. Frogs coming back into clients drains while the farm continues to break production records year on year I find impressive. Frogs are very sensitive to environmental toxins including nitrate levels in water.
Peter Bacchus SOIL TO SOUL, Ph. Mob. 027 263 2521 – August 2006
Thought I would send you this pic as a good advertisement for your mycorrhizal fungi. I thought the plant had gone mad and started growing bloody pumpkins. Got a huge crop.
Paul Carter – July 2010
The garden we put in last Spring at Kotare Village is the 5th huge garden I have planted since leaving Kaiwaka 4 1/2 years ago.
I have continued growing much of our own food and over half the seeds sold by the Institute during that time, and I have had a range of soil types and situations to deal with! I have been totally committed to absolutely doing my best to produce high brix food and seeds. I have never had compost to greet me when I arrived other than the rule I made myself, that each time I shifted I took a heap with me to the next place and I did that for every shift. I have had to find fast short term solutions to providing the right minerals in the right relationships.
I have been working with Grant from Environmental Fertilisers and using his products prior to leaving Kaiwaka, and I now feel as though I pretty much have it sorted. Environmental Fertilisers have an amazing dedication to doing the absolute best they can for our soil, our health and carbon sequestration on as large a scale as they can. They are a small family business who base their recipes not only on the science of Dr Carey Reams and others, but also on Grant’s 20 plus years working with New Zealand soils, and many other inspired people.
I have learned some hard lessons and I’d like to share those so that you don’t have to learn them the same way I did…
The recipe we use is as follows per sq m of garden bed, forked into the top 5-10cm before planting seedlings
Paramagnetic Rock Dust 400 gms (once only)
Activated Carbon (Biochar) 400gms (once only)
Nature’s Garden Fertiliser 400gms
EF Nano Cal 200gms
After seedlings are planted we sprinkle 100 gms of Nature’sGardenFertiliser over each sq m then we water the seedlings in with a watering can or two containing EF FishPlus at 100 mls per 10 litres of water.
If our crop is a heavy feeder we will apply 100 gms per sq m each month for the following 3 months.
We will then apply a weekly foliar spray of EF Vegetative Foliar for a month or so then switch to EF Reproductive Foliar until harvest, unless the crop is a heavy feeding leaf crop and then we just continue with the EF Vegetative Foliar.
All of that product costs $6:36 per sq m.
This level of applying this particular fertiliser will mean you are sequestering carbon, growing Nutrient Dense food and you don’t have to keep doing it forever.
I would continue with the foliar feeding program, and testing the brix levels until I know my vegetables are high brix, over 16 or so.
We have been figuring this recipe out for some years now and the following are some things worth keeping in mind…
• Firstly, there seems to be some kind of threshold with the minerals that you have to reach for things to work at all. i.e. if we take the attitude that this is expensive fertiliser and only put on half as much as recommended, you will possibly get no result at all, making it even more expensive. The application rates that I have found to work, in all cases, is about the same, and this is what we put on the bags we sell. I have found however that in occasional situations it requires more applications and higher quantities to kick things off.
• Secondly, all the various bits are critical – it’s not just Nature’s Garden Fertiliser, but also the EF Fish Plus applied in a watering can to the soil and roots at planting time that actually kicks things off. This form of liquid fish is complexed to a carbon source, so does not burn up soil carbon or wash away fast like other forms of liquid fish. All of the soils I have worked in produced better results when I added as a one off an extra dose of calcium also complexed to a carbon source: EF Nano Cal
• If your crop is a gross feeder, i.e. tomatoes, pumpkins (all curcurbits), corn, brassicas etc., then it will also make a big difference if you add another 100g of Nature’s Garden Fertiliser per square metre monthly for 3 months after planting.
With all crops I found the EF Vegetative Foliar will bring the brix’s up further which means you have higher brix material for your next compost heap as well as knowing that you are getting higher and higher quality food. Bob and I have just planted our own vegetable garden – 200 square metres of double dug beds – and we have used all of the above as well as EF Activated Carbon and EF BAS 50 (paramagnetic rock dust). Both of these things are once only applications, although we will continue to make biochar and add this to our compost heaps. All this adds up to a lot of additives to the garden. It also basically takes us to a place where we can go from veges not doing well at all with a brix of 3 or 4 to a brix of well over 12 in 6 months. I had oats up to a brix of 23 over winter with this regime. I’m also adding minerals and microbes to my compost heap during these 6 months so that at the end of 1 year I will have a garden that is growing high brix veges and I will have compost that will do possibly all of the feeding from then on. I believe that is very good value when we consider that this is our future health insurance, and it is a once off that adds so much value to our lives in so many ways.
Kay Baxter, Koanga Institute – March 2013
To Whom it may concern,
Together my wife and I own and farm 850 effective hectares carrying Sheep, Beef and Deer at Ongarue in the central North Island. The farm is medium hill country rising from 350 to 750 ASL. I have been involved in farming this property continuously for 30 years during which time above average conventional inputs have been the norm.
It became apparent that stock health and performance were becoming more dependant on expensive remedies which could only lead to the future unsustainability so beginning 12 years ago trial areas of approximately 50Ha were treated with various different fertiliser systems. Variable results did not lead to any measurable benefits. Researching further led me to the “Biological Farming” system and through American and Australian contacts Grant Paton of Environmental Fertilisers was recommended as a NZ practitioner.
It is my firm opinion that the knowledge and products provided by Grant Paton have had the most positively measurable effect of any fertiliser program that has ever been implemented here. Stock health and performance have improved markedly e.g. Previously no lambs killed until February, this year 1300 killed before Christmas at higher weights. Empty rates in the cows at 3%. I now have such confidence in this system that from a trial area 3 years ago the whole farm will be treated this year.
I strongly believe that this technology is needed for the farming industry in NZ especially in light of the current focus on nutrient leaching and sustainability. With the overview and experience of the fertiliser industry that I have gained I am confident the most comprehensive products and technology available to date in NZ relating to Biological Farming are only available from Environmental Fertilisers.
Mason Fraser, Westbridge – June 2006
“We were given a pet lamb that was quite sickly but we managed to bring it back into good health and it grew well. However, it always had a bad cough, despite regular worming with chemical wormers obtained from the vet. After visiting Environmental Fertilisers, we decided to give the lamb a dose of their Stock Primer. The next day I found two large tape worms in the lamb’s droppings, each worm about 60-70cm long. I’m sure the lamb is feeling a lot better off after ridding those worms! His cough slowly ceased with regular drenching and we now have our other lambs on Stock Primer. Many thanks,”
Teresa Ramsey, Paeroa – May 2009
I would like to write this note to you, with reference to Environmental Fertilisers products and information that you have been supplying to us over the last three seasons. When we bought our farm we couldn’t find one worm anywhere, now we can find anywhere. between sixteen and twenty per spade. We have been able to increase cow numbers every year because of the general health of the farm and more grass growing. On the cow side of things the cows are in the best condition and health since we started farming twenty five years ago. We are seeing a reduction in animal health costs yearly, with less stress which equals an easier life. Looking forward to where environmental Fertilisers is heading and going with you.
Alan Rockell – July 2003
Yes I do want some grass grub control Grant.
I assume this is a spray item as I recall from comments you made some time back?
My main reason for getting some is that every year these little suckers are munching holes in my yams and it is peeing me off big time. There is not a noticeable problem with other crops but I am really wanting to get the yams sorted at least.
What quantities does it come in and what are the prices please?
Nothing to do with grass grubs but I have to comment on Bio Vam. This stuff is bloody brilliant. My seedlings are the best I have ever produced with fantastic root structures, beautiful vibrant foliage and steady strong growth. It makes my eyes water when I get the account for it but it is worth the pain!!!
Rob Hammington – October 2012
To whom it may concern,
We have converted to Environmental Fertilisers products solely for three years now and would not consider it necessary or wise to make any changes to the present regime.
These products have been well and truly over and above any standards and complexity than any other we have reviewed, particularly in microbial development in compost tea.
The more we have come to grips with the principles of biological approaches we have come to value the insight employed in developing these wonderfully effective products, but most of all, the production and health of our orchard is significant evidence of their excellence.
Brett and Julie Taylor – August 2006
I first met Grant Paton of Environmental Fertilisers in March of 2003. He encouraged me to go to a three day Nutritech Course. Three speakers gave of their best. Graeme Sait Founder of Nutritech Australia, Jerry Brunetti and Gary Zimmer, both renowned agriculture scientists from America. Wow!!! Did they get me thinking about soil science and what I should be doing with my kiwifruit.
Products that help not only kiwifruit growers but sheep and cattle farmers grape and avocado orchardists, as well as commercial crop growers, to mention just a few. Products such as compost teas, humates, liquid fertilizers, and many instruments to measure your progress. A totally different way from the usual muriate of potash(kcl) and superphosphate.
After this course I began to work with many of the concepts presented on this three day course. Grant has a full range of all these products. I have seven canopy hectares in kiwifruit at Bombay. It is 500ft above sea level and the land had previously been cropped using many harsh chemicals. The ten centimetres of fertile top soil was non existent, so too were all the bacteria, fungi and worms. The land you could say, was not ideal for kiwifruit. Hence most of the other kiwifruit orchards around me have given up growing same. At one stage the Trust set up for storing local kiwifruit, told me that they were not keen to have my fruit under the Trust umbrella, as it was not keeping well. From this time on I have been in pursuit of a better way to grow kiwifruit that stores.
And so it was, I was ready to listen to the Environmental Concept proposed by Grant Paton. Again this year my fruit had a high dry matter and was one of the best storing among the Packhouse Trust. In fact, thirty bins of my kiwifruit reject came back to my orchard to be fed out to my cattle. After three months in bins outside, in varying weather conditions, my gold fruit had a Brix of 12.7 while the green had a Brix of 13.8. No fruit flies and none of the fruit had broken down and gone mushy, as had one bin from the previous year (not mine). After barely a month in similar conditions, as stated above, it had fruit flies and was a real mess.
With the Japanese Market screaming out for better tasting – better storing – high brixes – I can honestly say that my fruit in all these aspects is as good if not better, than most within our Coolstore Trust.
I encourage all Growers to do as I have done and use a host of Environmental Products. Grant’s understanding of Agriculture Science in New Zealand, is second to none.
Tim Fowler, Kiwifruit Grower, Bombay – August 2006
After it had been graded there were about six top grade then a row of garlic braid quality, a row of fresh sale quality and finally rejects. This is opposite to what I got last time, with no first grade, not many salable quality and a heap of reject and rotten garlic. Might be finally getting somewhere now.
Jim, Dirt Doctor – April 2012