- Candy: The main power lines for this district run through the valley, so the property was hooked to ‘the grid’ 32 years ago. However, we are investigating a combination solar, wind, hydro generation plan in the next 5 years. We have invested in a larger “Eco” water cylinder that is suitable for alternative heating. We heat water through our woodburner.
- Candy: We are not huge consumers. We drive as little as possible, planning and pooling where possible. We live 50km (30mi) from a supermarket and most retail (although only 5 minutes from the local shops). We don’t eat McD or KFC and we recycle packaging, plastics, glass, metal etc.
- We incinerate our combustible rubbish on the property. This might not seem ‘green’, but it reduces landfill space (fast oxidation vs slow oxidation) and leaching.
- We’re energy conscious with respect to our use of electricity.
- Candy: Yes, the garden is an organic space – we use compost, manure, fish liquid fertiliser and organic herbicides (like the garlic spray). We pluck insects off by hand when necessary!
- Candy: Yes and they love it. We encourage guests to come and harvest their vegies themselves, and they can really appreciate the freshness and quality.
- Candy- UN-GREEN THINGS: I’m not sure about the furnishings! Probably incinerating the rubbish, which will oxidise anyway. We just save transporting around the place in our car then on a truck!
1. We use primarily an electronic medium for marketing our business and distributing information. Some brochures, no business cards or pre-printed stationery. IF we print, it is usually onto the second side of a piece of paper.
2. We hunt, trap and kill possums and goats. They are destroying the native forests of NZ. Each possum or goat killed saves thousands of trees. Loss of forest and the movement of the goats also means accelerated erosion.
3. We plant 100s of trees each year.
4. We get rid of birds that displace the native species. Some native trees rely on specific birds (like the native woodpigeon) to partially digest and distribute their seeds. By ridding magpies and mynas we reduce the pressure on these noble and defenseless native species.
5. We get rid of rats and stoats (same reason as above).