17. Magpie's Rest

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Your Host: Jo-anne Mowat and Allan Nokes

Address: 140 York Rd, Huirangi, Waitara

Property Size: 5 acres

Purchases Available: Plants

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 26 Oct,  1 pm - 4 pm
  • Sat 27 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Mon 29 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Tue 30 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Thurs 1 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Demonstration: Making Liquid Fertilisers, 28 Oct & 4 Nov, 10 am
  • Talk: Frugal Hedonism, 27 Oct, 11:30 am
  • Property Tours: 1 pm & 3 pm on days open

Property Description:

Jo-anne and Allan live off the grid on their 5ha property. Solar panels and windmills provide their power, stored in recycled batteries. Recycling/reusing materials whenever possible Allan has built a glasshouse, windmill and other garden structures. 

 

Jo-anne has established a large permaculture, self seeding garden and orchard. With regenerated bush gullies, native shelter belts and riparian planting established over the past few years the land is returning to a good state of health. 

Jo-anne and Allan are currently finalising plans to build a passive solar house this summer. As an ex-accountant, Jo-anne excels in reducing outgoings.  She and Allan chose to work minimally, spend little but living big. They believe in not buying or using anything they don't need and in buying used items where possible to reduce their environmental footprint.

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18. Green Acres

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Your Host: Daniela Krumm

Address: 591 Otaraoa Road, Waitara

Property Size: 120 acre

Purchases Available: Plants and macadamia nut products

Opening Hours:

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

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations: 

  • Property tours: 2pm on days open

Property Description:

Green Acres is an impressive 120 acre organic certified farm, featuring a 1 acre no dig garden, a large 25 year old orchard grazed by sheep, native shelter belts, wet lands and bush. 

 

The large house garden is full of unusual and interesting plants, with flowers integrated into the vegetable production, dry-stone walls, ponds and a multitude of birds and insect life.

Daniela uses no watering in her gardens, instead mulching intensively. Alongside the sheep, the farm is home to cows, chooks, ducks, turkeys, horses and bees. As can be imagined by the size of the garden and farm, they are self-sufficient in fruit, veggies, eggs and meat. Oh, and in honey too!

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19. Purposeful Paddocks

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Your Hosts: Hazel Kidner and Derek Stevens

Address: 525 Upper Kaipikari Road, Urenui

Property Size: 10 acres

Purchases Available: Seedlings and veggies may be available

Opening Hours:

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

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations: 

  • Property Tours: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on days open

Property Description:

Hazel and Derek bought 10 acres of bare paddock 4 years ago. Advised by GreenBridge, they sectioned off fields with shelter belts and planted over 2500 trees! In these tree lined fields they home horses, pigs, goats, geese, chooks and ducks.

 

They also have a developing food forest, multiple veggie beds with companion planting, a glass house and a tunnel house. They sell their surplus produce at the farm gate. Their house is a solar passive e-Haus, with an integrated grey/blackwater system designed by GreenBridge.

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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: 9.5 acres

Purchases Available: Food, plants and crafts 

Opening Hours:

  • Fri 26 Oct, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am - 3 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations: 

  • Talk: The Aquatron Toilet and Grey Water System,
    1 pm on days open
  • Talk: The Switch from Electric Oven to Woodburner,  2 Nov, 10:30 am
  • Demonstration: Soap Making with Rae Tissott,          26 Oct, 10:30 am - 12 pm

Property Description:

Since 2014 Maria and Simon have been developing their 9.5 acre property. Their aim is to create an off-the-grid lifestyle farm with multiple revenue streams. In this, they are looking to offer food preserving & lifestyle 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.

 

The property boasts a heritage fruit orchard, Potager garden, terraced gardens, berm and riparian plantings, a wetland and medicinal and culinary herbs. Animals include Dexter and Jersey cows, 2 pigs and langstroth and top bar bee hives. Their home is an off-the-grid passive solar design featuring home grown timbres, Macrocarpa ceilings, an Aquatron toilet and grey water system, and a local stone gabion retaining wall. The kitchen includes an Esse Ironheart wood burning oven (wood powered) with wetback. Maria has a farm-style pantry to store herbs, seeds, dry goods and food preserving equipment. As a family, they continue to experiment with what is viable on their land and to build up their soil structure and soil vitality. Sewerage and grey water system were advised by GreenBridge.

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