A note from the Founder Tanya Ruka.
Transitioning to Net Positive Futures with a Community Led Platform.
Nature as an inspirational re source for technology design.
We are only just beginning to understand the sophisticated technology within the natural world. Exploration into soil and rebuilding relationships with the land are at the forefront of the journey.
An opportunity in the making Region Net Positive is a concept design that has been inspired by forest network systems. Currently there is no online network that is dedicated to bringing together the extensive knowledge of the natural farming community.
The idea was to create an online resource also accessible to those using conventional methods, to illustrate natural systems and how they deal with specialised issues that can arise in the growing environment as it occurs using imagery and notes on their profile.
As a community led database the Region Net Positive platform will create an online resource of information, sharing up to date, real time information and data from the field. By gathering and sharing crucial and current data; growers, producers, practitioners, educators, scientists and technicians will have an invaluable data resource to evaluate environmental next steps.
On a personal note I am interested in Food Sovereignty and I am researching the natural food sources that my ancestors ate and used as rongoa and living materials. In 2017 I read an essay written by Wiremu Grace titled Once were gardeners, it heightened my awareness with regard to health, wellbeing and our connection to the natural world. How this connection had been severed and how we might start to grow it back again.
Simply put, in order to maintain the system that supports human life, we need to focus on reciprocal engagement with the majority of life forms on earth. This will require an evolution beyond stewardship, transitioning into the technology and methodologies of the natural realm.
I will be posting about these connections to the land through matauranga Māori, indigenous and black growing knowledge, natural methods along with science and technology and how they interconnect to create healthy net positive futures.
We are looking to connect with natural growers, indigenous and black growing communities to share stories and create knowledge networks.
Nga mihi nui,
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka
Ngati Pakau, Ngapuhi