Links & Downloads

Welcome to our Links & Downloads page. Here we are collecting information which may be of use to our fellow Pacific Island farmers. We add to this page frequently, so keep visiting us. Where a title is underlined please click on it for further information. Please note, as we are a certified organic farm, where chemical management of pests, weeds and diseases are recommended, Ranadi Plantation does not support or promote this.
Ranadi_Plantation_Logo_TinyWHAT WE’RE READING
Tupou is reading Ginger in Australian Food and Medicine by Leonie Ryder

This book traces the history of ginger, focusing on ginger growing and the use of ginger in Australian food and medicine from 1788 to the mid-twentieth century. The story is set in the context of ginger’s long history in China and India, ancient Greece and Rome, and Britain.

Jodi is reading Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life.

After the All Blacks World Cup win what else would I be reading?

Other Books We Recommend

I Too Had A Dream by Verghese Kurien
This book tells the story of how Indian dairy farmers were empowered to build strong co-operatives and increase the production of milk, which ultimately resulted in India becoming the highest milk producer in the world.
The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka
The practical follow up to The One Straw Revolution. Very useful if you are rice farming or have an orchard, or if you want to be inspired by natural, sustainable farming techniques.

The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
From the back of the book: “Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world….” At Ranadi we are trialling farming techniques inspired by Mr Fukuoka, with the goal of trying to find natural farming techniques that work for the Pacific.

World Weather Online: The best weather site that we’ve found.
Moon Phase Calendar: Very useful, especially if you have water courses on farm that are effected by tides.
Southern Fiji Tide Tables: Find tide tables for any part of the world here.

Australian Certified Organic Standard: the 2013 standard from ACO (this is the current standard).
Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk: A great website with listings and descriptions of plant species that threaten ecosytems of the Pacific islands. Also listed are many other invasive and potentially invasive plant species present in and around the Pacific region.
Farmers Bookshelf: Information on Ginger Root and a wide variety of other fruit,vegetables and ornamentals grown in tropical climates, from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa (click on “vegetables – > Ginger” for a wide range of information about ginger).
New Zealand Food Safety Authority – Pesticide MRL Database: If you’re spraying anything on your crops this is a good website for checking Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs).
FAO Weed Control: A very useful publication by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN on how to control individual weed species found in the Pacific Islands. We’re currently trying to get on top of our over-abundance of Navua Sedge by using the suggestions in No. 11 – but without using glyphosate.
The Vanuatu Pasture Improvement Project: A great resource, again from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, on, as the name suggests, the Vanuatu Pasture Improvement Project. Very useful for farmers who are considering what legumes and grasses to plant as green manure crops. Many of the crops and grasses listed are present in Fiji. We have been able to source several from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Koronivia Research Station.
Tropical Forages: An excellent resource focusing on tropical grasses and legumes plants. Very useful when trying to work out which companion planting, cover crops and green manure planting will work best for your farm. A very useful resource about complementary plants and forestry. Really useful for any farmer who is wanting to diversify their planting and increase yields the natural way.

The Nematode Nemesis: Seven Secrets for Mastering Nematodes An article about the sustainable, non chemical control of root knot nematode.

WTO Phyto Sanitary Measures: Full text of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).

Trust Nature: A great website from Paul Taylor about biological farming methods. The website says: “Use less water, less fertilizer and fewer chemicals, using biological farming as an effective system of more profitable production. Production can no longer be at the expense of soil health, if we are to remain profitable; we need new answers, answers that empower us as the managers of our productive systems.”

The Permaculture Research Institute Resources page: Links, How-To, Videos and Downloads from world-renown permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton.

Permaculture on Islands: a PDF download of lectures given by Bill Mollison in 1981 on the subject.

Pacific Island Waste Resource Kit: a PDF download of a report by Geoff Lawton and Alice Leney about recycling and waste management in Kirabase, sponsored by United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility and Pacific Regional Environmental Programme.

Benefits of a Healthy Soil Food Web: a link to a page about why healthy soil teeming with microbiological life is so important.

Ranadi_Plantation_Logo_TinyFACT SHEETS
Navua Sedge
Nut Grass

Field-Activity-Form: a useful Excel Spreadsheet for documenting all field activity. Change and adapt it according to your needs.