North & South contributing writer Anthony Burt and photographer Ken Downie paid the farm a visit in July.
'Roebuck is a huge believer in the potential of soil-carbon sequestration and its effects on healthy food production - it's a key factor in both in both hs gardening techniques and his sheep grazing. "I know farmers that are farming 5000 acres and sequestering carbon, with maybe one employee" he says. "Thats effective. Whereas if we look at feed lots and hard 'grazing', if we can even call it that, it doesnt look too good for the planet".
Outstanding Food Producer Awards Leaves + Shoots Mix goes Gold
These awards celebrating Kiwis who harvest, grow and make food and drinks – were first held in 2017. Over two years of the awards a team of specialist judges have assessed almost 350 products, awarding 130 products with an Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award which allows the products to wear a medal sticker as an independent endorsement of its quality.
We were delighted to learn that they love our Leaves + Shoots as much as we do.
Leaves + Shoots available @egmontseafoods, @vetrotaranaki, @tlcmeats + @hokoloko
Outstanding Sustainability Award
Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards.
"They are bringing innovative practices and know-how, focusing on soil health and importantly, sharing knowledge with hundreds of people around New Zealand and the world that visit. Roebuck Farm is not only producing high quality food, they are producing knowledge and transferring it, which has far wider implications for the sustainability of our food system.”
Emily King , SPIRA, NZ
Sustainability Award Judge
Ballance Farm Environmental Awards Finalist + People in Primary Sector Award.
It goes without saying that we don't use fertilisers such as these on our small farm but we love the network of conscious + sustainable farmers we have been introduced to through these awards. Excellent judging panel + insightful feedback.
Congratulations to Taranaki over-all winners @Mataratadownsfarm, multi-generational, 1200 acre sheep + beef farm in Tarata. Beautiful work guys.