10. Bear Hollow

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Your Host: Ann and Martin Brown

Address: 1096 Egmont Road, New Plymouth

Property Size: 3 acres

Purchases Available: Home made laundry powder and plants

Opening Hours:

  • Sat 27 Oct, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Seed Saving, with Jayne Bright, 3 Nov, 11 am
  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

Martin and Ann started out 7 years ago on a bare 3 acre paddock. Since then they have planted two orchards, along with perimeter shelter belts. A growing population of wildlife takes advantage of the small pond created to deal with excess water during heavy rains. 

 

The property boasts a herb spiral, asparagus bed, berry house, developing food forest, fodder poplar and willow grown to feed animals, a biodynamic flow form, and a blacksmithing shed. Martin and Ann preserve as much food as possible by bottling, drying, freezing and curing. 

A variety of animals share the property, with a small flock of sheep, chooks, ducks, turkeys, bees, rabbits and pigs. All of the animals have a role to fulfill in nutrient cycling on the land. Work continues towards developing the property along permaculture principles - as time and money allow.

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11. EcoInnovation

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Your Host: Michael and Linda Lawley

Address: 671 Kent Road, New Plymouth

Property Size: 10 acres

Opening Hours:

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Renewable Energy, 1pm on days open
  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

Michael and Linda live on 10 acres in an eco-house made of untreated macrocarpa timber. They generate all their own power via a large 20kW solar panel array and 1.5kW hydro turbine. This system powers the property, including their onsite business manufacturing hydro turbine products incorporating recycled materials. Surplus power heats water for central heating and charges their electric vehicles.  

 

The Lawleys care for native bush along their waterway margins and have a mature plantation forest for all their firewood needs. Their property includes eco-accommodation made from recycled and untreated materials. If you are interested in renewable energy and eco-homes you will find our property of interest. 

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12. Debs Nest

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Your Hosts: Deb and Gary Smith

Address: 1444 Carrington Road, New Plymouth

Property Size: 1 acre

Opening Hours: 

  • Fri 26 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Thurs 1 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sun 4 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 1 acre block on the outskirts of New Plymouth. Deb is in love with all things feathered and breeds a variety of heritage chickens and ducks, a hobby that has grown into a small venture supplying people with chooks for their backyards.  Breeds include mixed Peking/Indian Runner ducks, Orpington, Barnevelder, Light Sussex, Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Bard Rock chooks, plus mixed breed Bantams. They have recently built 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.

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13. 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: 3.5 acres

Purchases available: Plants

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 26 Oct,  1 pm - 5 pm
  • Sat 27 Oct, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 10 am – 5 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk and Demonstration: Upcycling in the Home Garden, 2:30pm on days open
  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

The Bates property is a 3.5 acre wonderland in Egmont Village, with extensive productive and ornamental gardens.

 

The property offers a variety of interesting and unusual features, including chooks and guinea pigs, 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.

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14. Newstart Gardens

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Your Hosts: Ian Littlewood, Bobbie Littlewood, David Middleton and Miranda Palmer

Address: 41 Saxton Road, New Plymouth

Property Size:  1 acre

Opening Hours: 

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Tues 30 Oct, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Thurs 1 Nov, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

ToursTalks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Newstart Community Engagement, 4 Nov, 1 pm

  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

Newstart Gardens are a charity gardens, growing healthy organic produce for those in need. The gardens are part of the Adventist Church and are run by a number of wonderful volunteers and community groups, all of whom contribute to the success of the project.

 

Newstart aims to educate and inspire people about growing their own food, and is a great example of a community based food production project. Some of the gardens features include using a deep wood chip mulch technique, a large hothouse with tropical gardens and propagation area, mushroom growing, orchards with herbal ley, self-seeding gardens, and a berry enclosure.

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15. Kahu Glen

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Your Hosts: Matt and Mel

Address: 175 Paraite Road, Bell Block

Property Size: 10 acres

Purchases available: Feijoa and Apple Juice

Opening Hours:

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 10 am - 1 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

ToursTalks & Demonstrations:

  • Tours: 28 Oct and 3 Nov 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm; 2 Nov 10 am & 12 pm

Property Description:

Matt and Melissa are farmers market regulars, selling Bio-Gro certified feijoas, juice and surplus produce from their 10 acre property. During the last 5 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 (designed by GreenBridge).

 

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. A recent addition is the hempcrete chook house that boasts a green roof.

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16. Burgess Bounty

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Your Hosts: Melanie Sparks and Matthew Lovell

Address: 33 Allan Road, Burgess Hill, New Plymouth

Property Size: 2 acres

Purchases available: Plants

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 26 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sat 27 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

ToursTalks & Demonstrations:

  • Tours: 10.30 am, 11:30 am, 12.30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2.30 pm & 3:30 pm 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 2 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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