9. Smart Organics

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Your Hosts: Barbara and Bruce McPhillips

Address: 1347 Henwood Rd, Hillsborough, New Plymouth

Property Size: 0.8 hectare

Purchases Available: Produce, plants, crafts and fermented drinks

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:

  • Talks: Starting and maintaining a garden easily, 3 Oct & 10 Nov at 2 pm – 2:45 pm

  • Demonstration: Fermented foods: 2 Nov at 2 pm – 2:45 pm

  • Demonstration: Cultured drinks, 9 Nov at 2 pm – 2:45 pm

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

 

Property Description:

Starting with bare land in 2014, Barbara and Bruce are creating their new space by upcycling non-recyclable items where possible. They have extensive vegetable gardens, seed raising and vegetable grow tunnels, and a tropical garden growing bananas, ginger, sugar cane and turmeric. Alongside growing produce they are planting natives to encourage birds, have several bee hives and are recreating wild areas to encourage insects life. In such a highly productive space there is much excess, which is sold at an on site stall, with overflow worms from the worm farms sold to on to those starting out. Somehow Barbara also finds time to teach sustainable living classes.

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10. Whitley Ridge

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Your Hosts: Karen Newbrook and Mark Garner

Address: 1321 Mangorei Road, New Plymouth

Property Size:  4000 m2

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Wed 6 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Drying food using solar dehydrator and constructing a homemade hotbed, 2 Nov & 9 Nov at 1 pm – 2 pm

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

Property Description:

Karen and Mark bought their rural block in 2012. On it they have built a ranch-style board and batten passive solar house, with grid-tied solar panels, double glazing, a pyroclassic fireplace with wetback, a wormorator composting toilet and grey water system.

 

Their gabion retaining wall and conservatory provides a warm spot to raise seedlings, and they are looking at ideas for designing a passive solar greenhouse. Outside, they have established an orchard, raised garden beds which fit their movable hen houses, a berry house, herb gardens, and flower gardens for the bees. They also have ducks and a worm farm. They preserve excess food by dehydrating, freezing, making jams and chutneys or bottling fruit. Mark has designed and built a solar dehydrator, which will be on display for the Trail.

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11. Debs Nest

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Your Hosts: Deb and Gary Smith

Address: 1444 Carrington Road, New Plymouth

Property Size: 4000 m2

Purchases Available: Orders can be placed for chooks.

Opening Hours: 

  • Fri 1 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Wed 6 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Thur 7 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours & Demonstrations: 

  • Talk and Tour: Informal hatchery talks and a walk through the breeder pens are available throughout days open.

Property Description:

Deb and Gary live on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of New Plymouth. Deb is in love with all things feathered and hatches and rears a variety of heritage chickens, a hobby that has grown into a small venture supplying people with chooks for their backyards.

 

Breeds include, Orpington, Barnevelder, Light Sussex, Rhode Island Red, Lavender Araucana and Barred Plymouth Rock chooks, plus mixed breed Bantams. They have their own hatchery and visitors will be able to view the incubators, brooding boxes and a selection of chicks at various stages of development.

Deb and Gary enjoy sharing with people how poultry can be a fun and sustainable family pastime - they make great pets and consume household scraps, with the added satisfaction of producing one’s own eggs. Alongside their chicken and duck rearing enterprise, they grow their own summer and winter vegetables amid the challenges of sub-alpine gardening and have no shortage of chook manure for their berry and vegetable gardens.

Check out the Debs Nest Facebook page.

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12. Egmont B&B

(formerly Bates Motel and B&B)

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Your Hosts: Steve, Phil and Alana Bates

Address: 1324 Egmont Road, Egmont Village

Property Size: 1.4 acres

Purchases available: Plants and light refreshments on Saturdays and Sundays.

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 1 pm - 5 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 1 pm - 5 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

Property Description:

The Bates property is a 1.4 hectare wonderland in Egmont Village, with extensive productive and ornamental gardens.

 

The property offers a variety of interesting and unusual features, including chooks and rabbits, vertical and raised garden beds for herbs and vegetables, a mature fruit and nut orchard, hugelkulture garden, mini-nursery, homing pigeons, a greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles, a pallet compost system, a bath worm farm, and a maze for the kids (and adults!). There are even pet eels that are fed food scraps that can’t be composted.

Steve Bates is the man behind Upcycle Taranaki, which organises events that focus on upcycling or recycling. He has built several greenhouses with schools and community groups out of recycled plastic bottles, one of which can be found at Egmont B&B. He also leads the Trashformers project, with Trashformers machines on display and available for demonstrations. Check out the Upcycle Taranaki Facebook page.

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13. Kahu Glen

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Your Hosts: Matt and Mel

Address: 175 Paraite Road, Bell Block

Property Size: 4 hectares

Purchases available: Feijoa and apple juice

Opening Hours:

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Owning an electric vehicle, 11:30 am on days open

  • Property Tours: 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm on days open

Property Description:

Matt and Melissa are Farmers Market regulars, selling Bio-Gro certified feijoas, juice and surplus produce from their 4 hectare property. During the last 6 years they have adapted to parenthood, country life and implemented a permaculture design including bees, stock (cows, sheep, chickens, bees, turkeys), native and wetland planting, a veggie garden and a home orchard ensuring fruit all year round.

 

They are trialing regenerative grazing with their stock, to build up topsoil and grow their own Christmas trees. They are also world famous in Taranaki for their hempcrete house. Their home includes rain water collection, low flow toilets and taps, solar power (grid tied), grey/black water separation, mulch basins for grey water dispersal and solid waste composting. They also have two chook houses; one a hempcrete house that boasts a green roof and the other a recycled swing set. They have recently joined the electric vehicle movement with the purchase of a Nissan Leaf, further benefiting from the solar power generation from their home.

Check out the Kahu Glen Facebook page.

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14. Burgess Bounty

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Your Hosts: Melanie Sparks and Matthew Lovell

Address: 33 Allan Road, Burgess Hill, New Plymouth

Property Size: 0.8 hectare

Purchases available: Plants and produce

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Thur 7 Nov, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

Property Description:

With Melanie being a landscape architect and Matt a carpenter, it’s no wonder the transformation at their place is moving fast. Having only been on the property 4 years, they are well on their way to transforming their ex-dairy farm house and land into a productive space.

 

They have planted 40 fruit trees, in addition to the 20 that were already on the property, built a number of large raised garden beds with irrigation, converted an old car shed into a chicken coup and pig pen, an old out-building into a potting shed, and introduced chickens, sheep, goats, a worm farm and bees. The worm farm is a great example of Matt's building skills, having researched the best designs online and then building it out of spare materials. The garden design came under Melanie's care.

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