When the Regional Council introduced new regulations for environmental plans on farm, Emma Buchanan, swapped the milking apron, for a new consulting business.
As a farmer in the Tukituki region of Hawkes Bay, Emma felt there was a need for high quality, low cost farm environmental plans. At the time she had a new baby, a three hour daily commute to work and a farm to help run, so thought to herself “I’ll start a business”
“ Every time I ride a motorbike across a beautiful property, or I see a farmer’s eyes light up when they realise that they totally can do something on their farm to improve freshwater or greenhouse gases, I am absolutely stoked.
Emma has since produced hundreds of farm plans and has now developed a kit to help farmers start the environmental planning process themselves.
“This should reduce the cost to them even further, and hopefully they will produce a plan that they really feel like they own, instead of something they feel like an expensive consultant foisted on them.”
Emma sees farming in New Zealand facing huge regulatory changes over the next few years believes that this will create opportunities for farmers to embrace the change and create businesses that are diverse and resilient, both financially and environmentally.
“I’m grateful every day that I get to help them on that journey.”