About 140 farm foresters gave the thumbs up to riparian planting at John and Diny Dermer’s farm when they looked at trees on their Kiwitea property.
The trees planted around water ways were appreciated against a backdrop of different types of eucalyptus, pines, douglas fir, blackwoods, poplars and many more species.
The farm foresters arrived in buses and walked the farm to get an idea of the plantings. Weekend trips included visits to sand country farms and erosion-prone gullies where tree planting had prevented further slips.
About 190 farm foresters were registered for a national farm forestry conference at Manawatu and Rangitikei
*Farmers encouraged to look at farm forestry for another income earner
*Definition of a carbon forest must change for farmers to benefit
Among the conference-goers, were the Buckinghams, a three generation Southland sheep and beef farming family.
Geoff Buckingham, the grandfather, said he was at the conference with his son and daughter-in-law and their three young children.
“I like looking around. It is good to see how other people manage their farming and tree planting.”