At Newhaven, we are proud to say that farming sustainably is part of our DNA. Following in the wise footsteps of David and Robyn Ruddenklau (whom have planted over 150,000 trees at Newhaven) , Blair and Jane are committed to this same modus operandi – with over 25,000 trees being planted on the Newhaven hill block over the past 8 years. At 2,300 feet above sea level, this is no easy task (especially dealing with snow, a high wind zone and wild deer galore). Beef + Lamb NZ have approached the Newhaven team to see if Chris Arbuckle of Aspiring Environmental (a well respected environmental guru that actually has a refreshingly balanced approach to business and the environment) can assist Newhaven Farms to complete a Land and Environment Plan Level III, and the Newhaven team are keen to share this experience with the wider North Otago area. We believe that New Zealand farmers passionately believe in what they do, and are true guardians of the land – and now it is of paramount importance to demonstrate this to the world, with the spotlight shining fair and squarely on us (for all the wrong reasons!).
David Ruddenklau and Jane Smith were recently asked to profile their thoughts on film regarding the planning and implementation of tree planting – for aesthetics, soil and pasture conservation and animal shade and shelter.
With over 50,000 trees now on the Newhaven properties, this is a stark contrast to what the landscape was like in the 1970’s, which could be termed as bleak, especially during times of drought. This has been an intergenerational programme that we are all very proud of and was set in place by David and Robyn, with the momentum continued on by Blair and Jane. The environment that our sheep and cattle are bred and raised in is very important to us, and is something that we strive to continually enhance.