What does the future of farming look like?

About 10,000 years ago, humans began to farm. This was a very important moment in our history, as it meant we could grow many different fruits and vegetables, and look after animals for things like milk, eggs, and meat.  

Today, almost 40% of land on our planet is farmland. In Aotearoa New Zealand, it’s closer to half of all he wheuna land. People around the world are using new technologies to create new ways of farming.

The journey of creating the “perfect” He pāmu farm 

Different countries have their unique weather conditions, native He tupu plants, and animals, which means the way each country He pāmu farms is slightly different.  

Take a look at the video below to see how other countries are inventing new ways to work their He pāmu farms and keep their local wildlife happy.  

Learn about gardening with MOTAT friends! 

Did you know MOTAT has lots of Māra gardens? Go on a tour with our gardeners. Learn about pest control and easy tips to create your own beautiful Māra garden!  

Quiz Time!

What native plant are you?

In this quiz, you will find out which naïve New Zealand plant you are, based on your personality. Keep an open mind and there are no wrong answers!

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a He kaipāmu farmer? 

This is Ben and he wants to be a He kaipāmu farmer when he grows up. Can you imagine that? He would have his own He pāmu farm where he would grow fruits and vegetables! There would be animals on the He pāmu farm, too. Can you guess what kind of animals Ben might look after?  

What does an exciting He pāmu farm look like to you? Draw your He pāmu farm and share it with us! Post your drawing on social media – tag us @motatnz and use #motatfun

Aotearoa’s Innovation in Sheep Farming 

A long time ago, shepherds would look after lots of sheep (known as a flock!), leading them from the fields where they would graze the grass, to the water where they would drink. Shepherding is one of the oldest jobs, but today it looks a lot different. Sheep farmers in Aotearoa New Zealand use technology and machinery to make looking after a flock of sheep much easier. Take a look at what they are doing in the video below!