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Our farm is located on the lower foothills of Maungatautari, within the Waikato region in the central North Island of New Zealand. As well as having an abundance of rich pasture, the area is known for Maungatautari Ecological Island, which has the longest pest-proof fence in the world. Through the efforts of locals, it’s become an ecological haven for native wildlife such as kiwi, kokako and tuatara.
Beginning with my great-grandfather Jack and his brother Ted, to the current custodians, my parents, Neville and Louise, our family has worked the land for almost a century. My brother Trent and I form the new generation to be involved with the land. Today, we’re a medium-sized, certified organic dairy farm, as well as a small apiary and garden that use organic principles. But, we choose to farm using a ‘best tools for the job’ approach.
Our philosophy is simple: smart sustainability. We are progressive farmers, combining intelligent solutions such as state-of-the-art robotics with responsible, regenerative practice. Farming needs the best of us and we believe in being part of a community, sharing discussion and expertise, creating a better future for all of us.
This is our home. Our land of milk and honey.
Our ventures (June 2017)
Dairy (certified organic): approximately 300, plus their young stock.
Apiary (biological): seven hives.
Produce (biological): young forest garden orchard and garlic beds.
Our regeneration (June 2017)
Wetland restoration: a little over 7ha of marginal land re-fenced and re-established back into a native wetland. As well as the introduction of two treatment weirs at an exit of the farm that flows on to the Waikato River.
Native planting: more than 20,000 native trees and shrubs planted since 2015. This is both in the wetland areas, as well as throughout the farm.
Our specifics (June 2017)
Organic certification: Assure Quality
Membership: Sustainable Business Network
Automated Milking System: Lely