Riverview Farm was established as a mix cropping farm in 1922 by my Great Grandfather Edward. Located on the South Banks of the Waimakariri River.
Our location, climate, and soil are perfectly suited to grain production . Cool winters combined with our prevailing dry NW winds reduces the greater need for inputs to manage insect pests and disease.
Although the farms methods have developed over the years, our values remain the same.
We use sustainable farming practices. Whether its nutrient budgets, GPS guidance, center pivot irrigation, soil mapping and testing, incorporating crop residues, soil moisture monitoring probes, Farm Environmental Plans, direct drilling, covercrops, biodiversity plantings it is all part of our toolbox to benefit the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.
We believe it’s farming the land in a manner that gives the next generation equal or better opportunities to live a happy healthy lifestyle.
Our farm values reflect the following:
We know as long as we look after these elements we will have a healthy business able to withstand the pressure of modern living and remain adaptable to change.
Running a good crop rotation and live-stock feeds the soil. Nature working with us.
Our Farming methods are always being refined. Every operation is assessed to get the right tool for the job. We find the most sensible way to use our land to yield the highest quality crops whilst looking after the soil. Having a diverse crop rotation involving Cereals, Grasses legumes and Livestock are key to keep the soil nourished and balanced.
Our aim is to reduce or carbon footprint whilst producing Premium Quality Food.
We keep up with progressive farming practices and technology, we’re investing back into the farm business to increase efficiency, resilience and biodiversity whilst enhancing the quality of our grain.
Our farm has a 2ha. native wetland and natural native areas which have been looked after for 4 generations and many more to come. It is one of very few remaining on the Canterbury Plains and we are proud of it. Fed by a natural spring, it’s a habitat for native flora and fauna.