The Kaikoura earthquakes of 2016 had a major effect on farming in the district resulting in damaged buildings, waterways and access roads. As a result a Post Quake Farming project was established to look at ways farming could become stronger and more resilient in the face of future such events. The Project produced a number of guides and templates one which focused on agri-tourism and another on farm forestry and the opportunities they could provide farmers. Access to these guidelines can be accessed by clicking here for rural tourism and here for farm forestry.
Farmstays, farm visits and the general experience of country life, the food, lifestyle, and history, are now a major source of of interest to urban dwellers and so, represent an important additional source of income to farmers. The guides and templates mentioned above are an important resource now available to farmers as they are forced to confront the environmental and climatic challenges they now face and explore new ways to build resilience.
Farm forestry &
Integrating the growing of trees into a farming land-use profile is now an important part of government policy in addressing the challenge of climate change. Growing trees in the right place and the carbon sequestration that results must therefore be an important consideration in planning future farming growth and resilience. Growing trees to beautify a farm's landscape can also attract vistors who can enjoy the experience of planting a tree and monitoring its growth over time. Information provided by the Project on farm forestry can be accessed by clicking on the link provided in the introductory section above.