Your questions answered
Do you want to find out more about biodynamics and organics? Have questions about the application process? Would like to invest in our work? Check out the FAQs below, and if your question isn’t here - or you need more info, please get in touch:
What is biodynamics?
Biodynamics New Zealand gives this description:
Biodynamics (“biological-dynamics”) is a systems approach, where the farm, vineyard, orchard or garden is viewed as a living whole and each activity affects everything else. Management is based on the grower’s own careful observations, plus the results of tests and analyses.
It is a method of organic agriculture that’s applicable to any farm or horticultural enterprise by following a series of practical steps which emphasise building soil fertility and are carefully tailored to the particular property.
You can find out more on the Biodynamics New Zealand website.
What is the difference between biodynamics and organics?
Both practices promote organic methods of production to protect and enhance soils and ecosystems, and prohibit the use of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Biodynamics takes these principles a step further and is more proactive and more positive. It advocates the use of specific biologically active preparations and incorporates metaphysical and spiritual elements that view the farm or garden as a ‘closed loop’ system.
Can I apply for funding as an individual
Yes - as long as the individual (as the fund holder) has no business interests that could benefit in any way from the events funded.
How long does the application process take?
We accept applications at any time and will be back to you with a decision within 90 days.
What amount of funding can we apply for?
Kete Ora Trust will consider all requests for funding. If it is a large project, we would expect that you’d be looking for funding from other sources in addition to a contribution from Kete Ora Trust. Please get in touch via email if you would like some feedback on your idea prior to submitting an application:
What is a suitable investment?
That depends on the programme to be funded, although we are seeking all range of investments – donations, bequests, tagged projects. The more investment we receive the more programmes we can fund. And, by investing with us, we are happy to discuss co-funding with other funders for larger projects.
What are your overheads?
We have minimal costs, with a paid Executive Secretary and unpaid appointed Trustees. Our administration costs are funded from investments. We rely on funding partner community and professional organisations to undertake programmes and to administer them, with the Trust performing a monitoring role. This allows the Trust to return 100% of invested funds to programmes. As with all registered charities, we file a return of expenditure each year to the Charities Commission.
Will my investment be confidential?
Yes, if that is your wish.