The South Otago Farm Forestry Association celebrates its 50th
birthday next month.
One of the early members and newsletter editor Ken Stephens,
of Kaka Point, said the event would be marked with the
association's annual meeting in Balclutha as well as a formal
meal at the South Otago Town and Country Club on May 8.
He said the branch, was launched on April 6, 1964, with about
20 members and included farm forestry and lifestyle block
''It was a new concept at that stage,'' Mr Stephens said.
''South Otago was quite a strong branch as there was a lot of
land suitable for planting shelter, which became very
important, not only commercially, but also for the
environment, stock and crop shelter and erosion control.''
The branch had its own nursery, which grew seedlings for sale
The following week, on May 14, the branch will host a Trees
on Farms seminar, partly funded by the Sustainable Farming
Fund, which will look at ''Opportunities for trees on all
farms in your district''.
It will begin at Telford from 10am and there will be speakers
on topics including native plantings.
Those attending will then visit Landcorp's dairy property
near Owaka, which is managed by Peter and Helen Gilder.