Trust History

The Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust


The Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU) was established in 1976 by Bob Crowder, an academic working at Lincoln University (LU).  After Bob's retirement at the end of the 1990s the BHU was re-launched in 2001 as a charitable trust as a joint venture between Lincoln University and the New Zealand Organic Movement.

The BHU farm and research activities were initially managed by Dr Tim Jenkins as part of a duel academic position at LU. Funding from MAF Sustainable Farming Fund and AgMardt that enabled the position was largely research based developing and promoting techniques for commercial scale organic agriculture. As the position developed the extension aspect of this was able to be expanded with well attended workshops aimed mostly at small farmers/growers and the development of a large published (web and print) resource of practical and technical information for commercial growers. Academic material was also developed for formal LU courses. The BHU employed and hosted summer students and overseas interns as well as working with LU and visiting researchers.Tim moved onto commercial research, extension and product development in August 2004 but has continued to write regularly in several publications including regular columns in OrganicNZ magazine and Canterbury Farming Newspaper. He now co-directs the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd and is a research associate with the BHU.


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The Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust

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For general contact information please see the main contact page, which includes, phone, fax, physical and postal addresses, location map and contact form.

To contact the Trust Board, directly please email the Chair, Jon Manire, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (+64) 03 365 6806, or you can contact individual trustees via their affiliation websites on the Board Members page


The Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust

The Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust is a registered charity (CC44519), dedicated to providing education, training and research in organic, ecological, permanent and related agricultures and horticultures. 

It is run by a board of trustees with representatives from the New Zealand organic movement, organic farmers / growers and from Lincoln University. 

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