Delicious Organic Goodness
Our family has been growing organic apples for over 30 years in the sunny, fertile plains of Hawke’s Bay region in New Zealand.
We’re passionate about growing premium organic apples in partnership with nature, while preserving and enhancing the environment for future generations at the same time.
In our beautiful orchards, we don’t use any harsh or nasty chemicals or artificial fertilizers and we’re proud to be GMO FREE. Our priority is to grow safe and healthy food.
Our sustainable organic farming practices focus on creating healthy living soils that benefit our ecosystems in many ways. We protect the health of our waterways, that include rivers and underground aquifer, while contributing to biodiversity. And our organic farming practices create far less pollution compared to those of conventional farming.
Bostock New Zealand certified organic producer by BioGro New Zealand
Organic certification is an important guarantee of authenticity. Consumers who choose a certified organic product can trust that fruit is grown and packed with true care and solely handled by using organic inputs and processes.
In New Zealand, BioGro NZ is the official organic certification provider for export and domestic market producers, like us.
Today BOSTOCK New Zealand grows over 700 hectares of BioGro certified land in New Zealand and is responsible for marketing and exporting 85% of New Zealand’s organic apple crop to the world.
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.
All our BIO-certificates can be viewed via link below.
Our sustainability initiatives includes:
- 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 offset carbon usage.
- Investments 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.