18. The Green Shed

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Your Hosts: Lillian and Colin Halles

Address: 1216 Main North Road, Urenui

Property Size: 4000 m2

Purchases Available: Dried herbs & herbal mixes, jams, jellies, curds, chutneys, relishes, herbal infuse oils & vinegars, herbal products.

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Mon 4 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Tue 5 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Wed 6 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Thurs 7 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sat 9 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Property Tours: Herb garden tour, 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm on days open

 

Property Description:

Lillian and Colin live on a 4000m2 block, which includes a farm shop shop and diner. Lillian’s herb garden has over 200 different herbs, with half of these harvested to make up dried herbs, herbal vinegars and oils. Other organic produce grown on site is made into a range of jams, jellies, curds, syrups and more using old fashion recipes, all of which are sold in their farm shop.

Alongside her herbal specialty, Lillian is mother to 4 sheep, chickens, ducks and bees. Their property is next to a native area owned by Ngati Mutunga, which brings is a multitude of birds and other wildlife..

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19. Poultry in Motion

(formerly Kitchen Explosion)

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Your Host: Maxine Beales

Address: 78 Uruti Road, Uruti

Property Size: 19 hectares

Purchases Available: Seedlings, handmade washable shopping bags, garlic & eggs

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • 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

  • Sun 10 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations: 

  • Talk: Living cheaply off the grid, 2 & 9 Nov at 10:15 am

  • Talk: Growing nutrient dense food, 3 & 10 Nov at 10:15 am

  • Property Tours: Informal tours on days open.

Property Description:

Maxine and family live off-the-grid on a challenging 19 hectares of mostly steep clay hills. The vege gardens are based on the biointensive gardening method and are being remineralised to produce nutrient dense food, with a refractometer used to monitor progress.

 

An evolving system is used to improve soil fertility outside the vege gardens using poultry (in motion!). Maxine aims to grow as much poultry food as possible on the property rather than buying commercial feed.

Much use is being made of repurposed materials to reduce expenses and waste. 'Work in progress' is a permanent state! Maxine is a keen seed saver and is part of the local seed saving group. The property has a solar power system, composting toilet and spring water is harvested. Firewood is grown on site, with fruit and nut trees, native scrub/bush and wetlands also evident.

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20. Peihana Farm

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Your Hosts: Maria Lempriere and Simon O’Donnell

Address: 281 Okoki Road, Urenui

Property Size: 4 hectares

Purchases Available:  Food, plants and artwork from local artists

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 1 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sat 2 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Sun 3 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

  • Mon 4 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Tue 5 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Wed 6 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Thurs 7 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Fri 8 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations: 

  • Talk: Productive gardens throughout the seasons, with Maria Lempriere, 8 Nov at 10 am

  • Demonstration: Soap making, with Rae Tissott, 2 Nov, 10:30 – 11:30 am

  • Talk & Demonstration: The Importance of seedsaving in our bioregion, with Maxine Beales, 6 Nov at 10 am

  • Property Tours: 2 pm on days open.

Property Description:

Since 2014 Maria and Simon have been developing their 4 hectare property. Their aim is to create multiple revenue streams to support their off-the-grid lifestyle block.

 

In this, they offer a range of food, gardening or special interest workshops; accommodation for visitors who would like to experience an off-the-grid lifestyle; and a farm shop gallery as an outlet for their fresh produce and creative products.

Peihana Farm boasts a heritage orchard, diverse kitchen garden (medicinal and culinary), market gardens (to supply the weekly Growers & Producers Market in Urenui), riparian & wood fuel plantings and a native wetland. Their shed home is a passive solar design featuring home-grown timbers, Macrocarpa ceilings, an Esse Ironheart wood burning oven with a wetback, a composting Aquatron toilet system and a grey water system that is filtered through beds of wood chip. Animals include Dexter and Jersey cows, calves, pigs, guinea fowl, chickens and bees. Maria has a farm-style pantry to store herbs, seeds, dry goods and food preserving equipment.

Check out the Peihana Farm Facebook page.

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