Debbie Campbell was a jet-setting corporate businesswoman until she swapped her heels for gumboots when she brought Bay Subtropicals, a seven hectare BioGro certified organic property near Takaka. The unique microclimate in the area allows her to grow avocados, mandarins, limes, oranges, feijoas, tamarillos, sapote, nuts and other assorted subtropical fruit. The farm has over 4,000 producing trees and is fully irrigated.
The Manuka Research Partnership Limited is a research project focused on ways to increase returns from manuka honey. It’s aiming for a 16-fold increase on current market returns by doubling the number of hives per hectare, doubling manuka honey yield per hive, doubling the amount of manuka honey available for sale as a medicinal product and by doubling the land area in Manuka available to beekeepers.
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