The company uses sustainable organic practices to preserve and enhance our fertile soils, rivers and underground aquifer for future generations to enjoy.
John Bostock was the first grower to approach organic apple production on a commercial scale.
BOSTOCK New Zealand has grown to over 500 hectares of BioGro certified land and is responsible for marketing and exporting 85% of New Zealand’s organic apple crop to the world.
All our orchards are located on the beautiful fertile plains of Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, where a sunny, warm climate is ideal for growing organic apples.
Our growers are all certified by BioGro NZ, which is accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM), and aim to improve long-term soil structure and fertility, encourage biological cycles, maintain genetic diversity, avoid pollution, and cycle organic matter and nutrients within the production system.
Some examples of our sustainability initiatives include:
- Native plantings around the orchards to create biodiversity and attract beneficial insects, as well as to create shade and shelter for native birds, insects and our many workers.
- Tree planting programme in Vanuatu covering 25 hectares to help off set carbon usage
- Investment in fuel-efficient tractors with built-in GPS and computer assisted running programmes to ensure maximum output with minimum environmental impact.
- Recycling and waste management are a high priority, with by-products reused to create other products such as stock feed.
- Annual applications of compost and mulching to increase soil organic matter. Over the past 10 years soil organic matter levels have doubled on our properties. As well as being a measure of improving soil health, this is important to carbon sequestration and the soil’s ability to hold water, meaning less water use and subsequent loss.
- We have solar panels to help power our office and pack house, reducing the reliance on the national electricity grid. Any excess power we generate is fed back into the national grid.