JJ McConnachie writes for, and manages, The Rural. Other than being an advocate of sustainable living, home grown food and home cooked meals, JJ is also an avid reader, animal lover, and a self-confessed technology geek.
New Zealand's long-term plan is to phase out sow stall use completely by 2015, but could this jeopardise sow safety?
A little while ago, I used a tomato lateral to propagate a new plant. Three weeks since I filmed potting up the small lateral, it has taken off with all the warm weather we've been having.
If the fruit and vegetables you are reaping from your lifestyle block is more than your family can eat and give away to friends, then turning excess produce into a side business could be a viable option.
While this summer's lengthy drought has caused issues for many, the dry season has delivered Brancott Estate a "sensational vintage for Marlborough."
Manawatu’s Country Living Expo is an expo dedicated to New Zealand’s lifestyle blockers and lifestyle farmers, and anyone considering becoming one, to help them discover everything they could possible want to know about owning a small block of land in New Zealand.
The Rural chats with Lincoln University Farm Management & Agribusiness lecturer Guy Trafford to find out how studying Farm Management & Agribusiness might further your agricultural career.
Owners of light diesel vehicles that are less than 3,500kg, and uses almost exclusively off-road for certain purposes will now be able to apply for an exemption for Road User Charges from June 6 2013.
Freezing broccoli is a great way to have a solid supply of it all year round. It is best frozen freshly picked, but if you are not growing any, you can buy it from your local fruit & veggie store when it is in season and cheap, and freeze it to last you throughout the year.
A review of Linda Gray's "Self Sufficiency: Herbs and Spices".
The Rural reviews Ian Cooke's Self:Sufficiency: Grow Your Own.
The Center for Environmental Health has independently tested body products, and found a carcinogenic ingredient. Discover what Cocamide DEA is, what it looks like on your bottle, and how you can avoid using it.
CRV Ambreed is helping dairy farmers beef up their bottom lines with the option of using dairy beef genetics for tail-end mating.Posted in Livestock
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Riparian areas, or waterway margins, are the strip of land that runs alongside waterways. If you have any waterways on your land, managing your riparian areas is something to consider.Posted in How To
Introducing Luggage Leash, the easy-to-use, bluetooth GPS tracking device that assists in preventing your luggage from being lost or stolen.Posted in Country Living