Organic Week Farm Visits

Come along to find out about organic farming and how it’s different from industrial agriculture and enjoy a delicious organic lunch at Ruth Pretty’s.

Your tour hosts will provide an opportunity to:

  • See what’s growing
  • Meet the growers
  • Find out about the different certifications
  • Find out why it costs more not to pollute the earth
  • Learn about seasonal eating

Bring your gummies and jackets! See you there!

10am: Common Property, 123 Hautere Cross Rd, Te Horo.

Common Property is one of the earliest BioGro certified properties in New Zealand; it is owned by Jim Kebbell and Marion Wood and shared by 6 other businesses who grow vegetables, salad herbs, strawberries, microgreens, glasshouse vegetables, chillies and seedlings.

12-1.00: Lunch at Ruth Pretty cafe, 41 School Rd, Te Horo

1.00pm: Te Horo Harvest, Treehut Farm, 446 Otaki Gorge Rd, Te Horo.

Join Barbara for a guided tour of Treehut Farm as we wend our way through the gardens and fruit and nut orchards. We’ll also wander through our native bush and share the history, development and future planning for the farm.

Treehut Farm also has a long history of permaculture and organics having been an organic chicken farm for many years before Barbara Harford and Lawrence Silas purchased the property 8 years ago. Since then a new orchard has been planted, a forest garden of fruit and herbs is evolving, 500 manuka planted and the chicken barn (built in 1904) is now a commercial kitchen. Our wide range of delicious spreads, jams, chutneys and sauces from the orchard produce will be available for sale together with honey from our bees who pollinate our crops and take nectar from our native bush. Soup and coffee/tea can be purchased. Please bring your own water bottle, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather. Bookings essential.

2.30pm: Waikawa Blueberries and Waikawa Glen Olive Oil. 123 Waikawa Beach Rd, Manakau.

Starting with an amble around the property, owner Lisa Buchan will provide insight into the overall permaculture design for the property and the long-term vision for wetland restoration. The challenges of conversion to organic for blueberries and olives will be discussed. Blueberries are an autumn crop, and there is a chance that some berries will hang around for picking, but home-made blueberry ice-cream with blueberry honey will be available as an exclusive sampler for guests. An olive oil tasting will give guests an insight into oil intensity, taste palates and what extra virgin really means.

Finish around 4pm

Event Type
Networking event
Date and time
Saturday 4 May 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue and Location
Common Property

123 Hautere Cross Rd
Te Horo

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