Organically Grown, in the Soil & the Sun
Our produce is:
A t Aotearoa Market Garden, we wanted to create a business that was in line with our values. We aim to preserve and nurture the environment and your health, and provide the highest quality organic produce.
We call our produce organic. But what do we mean? We are not certified organic (yet) but we do follow organic principles on our farm. That means that we preserve and improve the land we farm on, by adding organic matter to it, by using only gentle tools to work the soil (learn more about this here), and by growing a variety of vegetables on it.
Our plants benefit from the nutrient dense soil and thrive on the power of the bright Northland sun to grow. This soil focused way of farming has a positive impact, as opposed to conventional and hydroponic systems, which are often dependant on artificial lights, synthetic fertilisers, heavy machinery, debatably unsafe chemicals and unsustainable practices.
We use natural fertilisers, such a seaweed, minerals and organic compost on our farm and we listen to our soil's needs so it is well balanced and can happily provide what our many plants require to thrive.
To face pest issues and disease, we mainly use preventative methods to make sure these problems won't arise in the first place.
If they do still arise, we only use naturally made sprays such as plant extracts and organic insecticidal soap. Even these sprays are only used as a last resort, and we do our research on the safety of anything that we put on our veggies, certified organic or not.
We strive for quality, but growing organically means there might be some holes in the leaves or a funny shaped vegetables going out for sale. We hope these imperfections are taken as a testament to our practices. Freshness is a must and our fresh produce is always sold within a few days of harvest (this obviously isn't always the case with storage crops like pumpkins and some root vegetables!).