July 12, 2010 | Leave a comment Homeopathy for Animals talk by Tineke Verkade at The Homeopathic Society, 320 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden Saturday 10.00 am – midday 24th July Tineke is the supreme winner of the Rural Women New Zealand “Enterprising Rural Women Award for 2010: with her Waikato-based business Homeopathic Farm Support Ltd. Tineke will talk about using Homeopathy with animals and share some of her experiences with Homeopathy, farming and animals. The bookroom and the library will be open for book sales and if you wish to become a member the library will be open until 1.00 pm for members to borrow books. The Award recognizes an outstanding rural businesswoman running her own enterprise and celebrates the success of all rural women entrepreneurs. Rural Women New Zealand national president Margaret Chapman said rural businesswomen overcome additional geographical and technological challenges in running their businesses. In the case of this year’s Supreme Winner she says “Tineke has over the years had to show real resilience and a determination to succeed in the face of skepticism and little belief in alternative of methods of healing.” Tineke Verkade says she is very excited about winning the Supreme Award, having been entered by her own staff. She hopes winning the award will have an impact Waikato-based business Homeopathic Farm Support Ltd. She hopes winning the award will have an impact in increasing awareness that homeopathy can support farmers in New Zealand not only in dairy, but also dry stock, sheep and alpacas. Tineke says the growth in the use of homeopathy is a vital tool in moving towards organic farming and increases opportunities for farmers to command a premium price for their products. She points to a growing awareness as over one-third of dairy farmers now use homeopathy. “So many farmers are using homeopathy successfully, they might as well be organic because then they get a premium price,” says Tineke. Tineke Verkade began her professional career in nursing, working at Waikato hospital for 17 years. In the late 1980s she began to pursue her interests in complimentary medicine, gaining diplomas in naturopathy and medical herbalism as well as homeopathy. She set up in private practice in 1991 treating people, and then began using homeopathy with her own animals. Other farmers in the Waikato approached her for assistance in treating symptoms in their livestock, and the seeds of her new farm-focused business were planted. Tineke has since written two books on homeopathy for dairy and alpaca farmers and has seen her business grow from a one woman operation to a business employing eight part time staff including six homeopaths. She now has a national and international distribution network, supplying more than 200 organic-certified products to farmers, as well as running seminars and helpdesk support.