15. Tersana Farm

Icons 2.jpg

Your Hosts: Hans and Stefanie Michel

Address: 2211 Tarata Road, RD 7, Inglewood

Property Size: 240 hectares

Opening Hours:

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open..

Property Description:

Hans and Stephanie run a sustainable Wiltshire sheep stud. The wider farm has 7 hectares of QEII protected forest and they have established 5 ponds on the farm for water collection. Nearer the house they have an extensive mature orchard, a large berry enclosure, tunnel house, and banana greenhouse, which also contains guavas, pomegranates and tamarillos – with inland frosts this is quite an achievement!

Stefanie and Hans preserve and pickle their garden surplus, make their own cured meats, and milk goats to make feta cheese, yoghurt and kefir. Nothing is wasted, with the whey feeding pigs and chickens, and surplus milk used to raise orphan lambs in spring. Their house is supplemented by 20 solar panels and a self-built micro-hydro scheme that they turn on as needed.

Check out the Tersana Farm Facebook page.

Stefanie and Hans Web.jpg

Icons.jpg

16. Comfortably Numb

Your Hosts: Jayne and Steve Bright

Address: 1315 Richmond Road, RD 9, Inglewood

Property Size: 0.6 hectare

Purchases Available: Heritage vegetable seedlings on sale to raise money for Seedsavers Taranaki

Opening Hours:

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk and Demonstration: Saving and cleaning seed, 3 & 10 Nov at 2 pm - 3 pm

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

Property Description:

Jayne and Steve have been transforming an established 0.6 hectare sloping ornamental garden to a terraced productive garden and orchard for a number of years. Their property boasts free ranging chooks, an upcycled chook house, bee fodder, a fire bath and beautiful views of Mt Taranaki.

In their greenhouse you can find pineapples and melons! Jayne is best known for her leading role in the local Seed Savers network and is one of the team at Sustainable Taranaki. She also runs the Waitoriki & Inglewood Crop Swap, which will be on at 10 am-11 am Saturday the 26th at Waitoriki Hall, Lincoln Road.

Jayne & Steve's.jpg

Icons.jpg

17. Enthaven

Your Hosts: Mick Turton and Anne Barker

Address: 1255 Richmond Road, RD 9, Inglewood

Property Size: 2.8 hectares

Purchases Available: Seeds and home made preserves.

Opening Hours:

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Demonstration: Potato planting, 12 noon on days open

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

Property Description:

Anne and Mick blend the best of traditional gardening and permaculture. They have a mature garden, developed from bare paddock over the last 18 years, including several small orchard areas, a fruit cage, veggie gardens grown 'allotment style', an ‘experimental’ area, a worm farm and sheep.

They own a passive solar house with solar hot water and PV panels, with excess electricity being fed into the grid. They try to utilise all of the garden produce, processing, preserving and fermenting the overabundance, including making jam and marmalade, bottled fruits, and wine. Excess is shared with the local community at Waitoriki Crop Swap once a month. They also make all their own compost, seed mix and potting compost, as well as saving some of their own seeds. Seed potatoes, including Pink Fir Apples, Robyn Adair, and several Maori varieties are grown and sold via Trade Me.

Anne and Mick.jpg