Organic Farming

Fonterra Organics is more than a product category. It’s a promise.
A promise of natural quality dairy created in a natural way. Where how we farm is in harmony with nature and strives to protect and restore the environment.


It starts with this place. Because New Zealand is a great place to produce organic dairy. We’ve got the perfect climate, location, and environment. And we’ve got the very best organic farmers too.

Farmers who are passionate about the principles of organic farming, preserving our natural environment for future generations, and who understand that a lightness of touch is essential.

Together, we build trust. Not just through consistency, but openness and honesty in everything we do, every step of the way.

Embodying the values of kaitiakitanga, because it’s our responsibility to protect and care for the land we farm, the animals we raise and the people we share our product with.

A proud cooperative with a commitment to produce the best organic milk, right here in New Zealand. And proud to take a long-term view of the effects we have and the difference we can make. It’s about understanding that we’re not apart from nature, we’re part of it. Respecting that nature knows best and striving to get closer to nature in our farming practices.

This is what Fonterra Organics stands for. And this what we’re here to do: produce organic dairy that supports healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy business. Today and tomorrow, together.

What does Fonterra organic dairy mean?

365 days pature grazed

Non-GMO & Antibiotic Free*

Market specific

Pesticide and herbicide free

Organic dairying and how it’s different 

New Zealand’s natural environment and farming practices are ideally suited to creating certified organic dairy products just the way nature intended. We have around 100 farmers across the North Island who supply certified organic milk. Farming organically to produce natural organic dairy means starting with a commitment to soil, animal, and crop health, and ensuring it’s sustainable for generations to come. Our organic free-range cows graze outdoors on grass 365 days a year and >99% of their diet is fresh green pasture*. We are proud of the farmers in our co-operative who have gone that step further to achieve organic certification. 

Globally and here in NZ the demand for organic dairy is growing fast. The demand for organic is being driven by a growing awareness and interest in our food, the impact it has on our health and the health of our environment. People are keen to increase purchases of products and brands that are sustainable, support animal welfare as well as promoting food safety and employee welfare.  

Having all our organic consumer products and ingredients certified to organic standards, provides confidence to our consumers on what they are purchasing. 

*A pasture-fed diet is defined as grass, grass silage, hay, and forage crops.  

From Left to Right: Tania Bennett | Adrian Townsend | Laura Watts | William Watts

Our organic farmers

Durham Farm

Durham Farms was founded with the vision to profitably grow organic food whilst enabling the natural environment to thrive. The founders and their growing team aim to leave the land healthier and more productive through sustainable improvement with 25% of their farmland set aside for natural habitat protection and regeneration. Durham Farms is proving that considered farming can work with nature.

Based in Waipu, Northland, Durham Farms undertakes a mixed farming approach where crops and livestock are grown together. This includes dairy cows, chickens, beef cattle, horticulture, and bees. The entire farm is certified to high organic standards, and everything grown on farm is complimentary to one another. Durham Farms have supplied Fonterra since 2016 as well as having their own brand supplying farmers markets and retailers with their full variety of produce.

To find out more about Organic farming with Fonterra visit the Farm Source website.

Fonterra organic products and ingredients


By drawing on the rich resource of high-quality organic milk and using state of the art practice, we supply a wide choice of quality certified organic products and ingredients to the world.

Mainland Organic

Mainland cheese - 100% organic milk, real mellow and smooth. AsureQuality certified organic.

Mainland Australia Organic butter salted

100% pure and certified organic New Zealand butter.

Anchor Organic Blue Milk

Anchor Organic Blue 2L has gone carbonzero™.


Organic Dairy Nutrition - premium, safe organic dairy ingredients that are closer to nature.