Since its inception in 2003, Soil Foodweb Institute NZ (SFI NZ) has been working with 10’s of thousands of agriculture and horticultural growers throughout both islands of New Zealand to help them improve the health and productivity of their soils. The laboratory now operates out of Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury in the South Island.
Understanding how the microbes effect soil health and plant production requires a detailed knowledge on what organisms exist in the soil;
- How many of them are active and doing the job
- How well their actions are cycling nutrients
- If the balance between fungi and bacteria are suitable for the crop
- Their trend of growth ie more bacterial or more fungal
At Soil Foodweb NZ, the team are able to assess soil, compost, vermicast and various other biological products for fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and mycorrhiza. Armed with this information you are then able to confidently decide on the right management tools and weigh up how effective they are over ensuing years. Working with many input suppliers and consultants we are able to adapt the farmers existing nutrient programs to facilitate a smooth transition from ‘mineral-only’ replacement to biological production/regenerative farming.
Since its launch, Soil Foodweb NZ has been working with tens of thousands of agriculture and horticultural growers throughout both islands of New Zealand to help them improve the health and productivity of their soils.
About the Founder
Cherryle Prew, Owner and Manager of Soil Foodweb NZ, has been working in the industry since 1991 when she bought and began operating a Certified Organic Kiwifruit Orchard in Te Puke. Prior to opening the New Zealand Lab she had worked as consultant for an organic packhouse and spent 3 years as an Organic Systems Auditor for SGG and Bio-Gro NZ.