A little bit about us and our growing techniques
T his is Jordan and Emma. We are delighted to run this little farm in beautiful Kaiwaka.
We moved here in 2016 and this really was meant to be.
Originally from France and Australia, we both met in Melbourne, when Jordan hosted Emma as she started her journey from France. We quickly decided to travel together, and with that came our first WWOOFING experiences on different farms in Australia. We instantly fell in love with growing food, being outside, the generosity of the earth, and the challenging but incredibly rewarding adventure farming is.
In 2014, we moved to New Zealand and a year after, had the opportunity to work on a friends farm growing organic vegetables. It then became clear this was what we wanted to do for a living. We then decided to start our own little enterprise in Kaiwaka.
This would not have come together if it wasn't for the help of our friends and the wider Kaiwaka community. We are incredibly grateful to you all for your support and generosity.
Particularly grateful to our mentor Curtis Stone, whose farm we have based our farming model on.
Although he has been a crucial help to us from the very start, Gaura officially joined the team this year. He is an energetic, well travelled and many skilled person, originally from Ireland, but has now decided to settle in Kaiwaka.
I n our garden, we only use innovative lean and efficient tools and practices that allow us to get the work done without any reliance on heavy machinery.
We seed our vegetables directly in the field with the help of a seeder, or by hand in our nursery, where we grow our seedlings until they are ready to plant out in the garden. We select varieties that are nutrient dense and tasty. When ready, we carefully hand harvest, sort and pack everything ourselves. We share our gardens with a large amount of hungry little bugs that relish our vegetables just as much as you do. We do our best to not accidentally pack them with your veggies, but if this happens, please let us know and we will be sure to make it right. When packed, Jordan delivers the produce himself to the restaurants and to you if you order a veggie box in our area. We also drop veggies to our Kaiwaka stall and to our friends at Whole Life Organics. Although we might be there from time to time, it is Gaura who mainly takes care of the Matakana Farmers Market stall. We work with the seasons and therefore grow seasonal vegetables. Nevertheless, being in Northland allows us to grow a broad variety of produce year round. Please give us your feedback, we love to hear from you!