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Organic Matters Foundation

The Berrysmith Foundation has teamed up with Organic Matters Foundation (OMF), a charitable horticultural school dedicated to building resilience among Pacific Island farmers and their communities in the face of rising sea levels, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. OMF helps build environmentally sustainable Pacific farming communities, teaching viable organic alternatives to chemical agriculture, and providing simple, affordable tools necessary to make the switch. To date, OMF have trained over 400 Pacific Island farmers in organic growing. Through on-the-ground education and on-going support, OMF is empowering individuals, building sustainable livelihoods and strengthening communities through the protection of nature as a sustainable resource.

Introducing Elma van’t Kruis

The Berrysmith Foundation has committed to a three year financial support package to help with training, labour and organic certification. This year we created a brand new organic cadetship based in Samoa. The successful candidate, Elma van’t Kruis, flew to Samoa in January to commence her one year practical biological horticulture training under OMF and Soil Health Pacific. If you want to keep up to date on Elma’s cadetship, stay tuned! She will be updating her blog every month and we will post her experiences right here on the Berrysmith Foundation website.

Arts & crafts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Show Time

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Early this month Edwin Tamasese was invited by Pacific contemporary artist Vanya Taule'alo to give a talk in her garden about the SHP products and how to make the Samoan fruit & veggie garden perform at its best.  Read more...

On the Move

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
On the move 

Treasure Island

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Seeds & Fruit

Monday, September 02, 2013



Friday, July 05, 2013

Over the past six months since I arrived in Samoa, I have learned a great deal about the country, its culture and customs. I’m grateful for my time in Samoa organised by the Berrysmith foundation & Snap Fresh Foods and Soil Health Pacific & Organic Matters foundation and look forward to learn more in the month’s to come.  Read more...


Thursday, June 06, 2013

Already five months in Samoa, time goes quickly especially when you are busy. The month June will start off with the 51st Independence Day and it looks like it’s going to be a long weekend with lots of celebrations and activities to choose from. The traditional dragon boat races sound very interesting to watch from the sea wall or a concert with either reggae or classic music.According to the dictionary independence means; self government, freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.   Read more...

A Bug's Life

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It might be the change in the weather; April started with cool mornings but quickly climbing to a sunny 32°C for about a week and just when I got used to the ‘melting moments’, it changed to a cool & all day rain again. Followed by days with a mixture of hot sunny weather and rain.  Read more...

Island time

Friday, April 05, 2013

Time has many different meanings; The Dutch are known for their everything-on-time-culture. In New Zealand I learned quickly to let this go a bit and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.
Samoa is known for its own “Island time”, to me it sort of means to go with the flow and it will (?) happen.   Read more...

Settling into a Samoan routine.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Already one month here in Samoa, and still very much enjoying being here. Life appears to get more into a routine now; school holidays are over, and the worst of cyclone Evan seems to be cleaned up. There have been threats of other storms coming this way, but so far they haven’t eventuated. This didn’t mean that preparations were taken to prevent more damage; seedlings were moved to a kitchen protect from wind and rain and 400 bundles of Chinese cabbage was harvested & sold, normal day harvest is around 100 bundles. As for the earthquake and tsunami near the Solomon Islands, there was a warning for a couple of hours, but I haven’t heard of any damage here.  Read more...

A new beginning in Samoa.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Thank you for your interest in visiting this blog to read about my experiences living in Samoa and exploring the organic lifestyle here while working the coming year for Soil Health Pacific and the Organic Matters Foundation.  Read more...

Kia Ora, I'm Elma

Sunday, February 03, 2013

On the 16th of January 2013 I began my journey to become a cadet for the one year practical biological horticulture training in Samoa under Organic Matters Foundation and Soil Health Pacific, sponsored by the Berrysmith Foundation in New Zealand.  Read more...

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