Our goal is to provide customers with organically grown fruit and vegetables, but also passing on kno
Time to give our venue a makeover 🤗
Many pines gotta go to let some needed light in.
The trees become mulch to feed the native trees we are going to plant soon. It also creates a fungal barrier...
Thanks heaps to those who donated plants 🙏❤
An early spring... 😉
Kia ora organic family 🤗
Went to the bio dynamic conference in Feilding on Saturday and met so many lovely people, extended the family and learned sooo much more 🙏
Biodynamics all the way ❤
Yeah I am an addict and love stirring/spraying preparations 😜
Just putting it out there...
If anyone in our community is interested in stirring and spreading of BD500 (this is the biodynamic preparation 500) this will happen out here at Kaukau a Tara organics this afternoon (Saturday 13th)
All welcome to come and be part of it if you wanna get involved and learn a little about biodynamics in the process 😉
Why today? Well, things always seem to align... The prep500 turned up in the mail yesterday, moon is descending and sun moves into Ta**us (earth sign) and the ground is as moist as it possibly could be, perfect timing 🙏❤🙏
Autumn in our orchard ❤
As I've been busy with the infrastructure on the land all season I had little time to grow food. Not ideal I know but what can one do, we haven't found the helping hands we need just yet... and look what our kids found on a slope near our old veggie garden. Must have escaped and we had no idea those purple potatoes were growing there... This large box came of three plants and we've got a lot more 😊
When you look after the land, the land looks after you. Thank you mother earth! 🤗🙏❤
Harvest time ❤
Had a good go at the citrus orchard yesterday. They all look very happy. Will give em some magnesium today after I finished weeding 😊
Update on our oyster shroom operation 😉
I started drip watering the logs yesterday to keep the mycelium growing. Even we had month and month of light drizzle/rain and everything should still be wet the logs started drying up... So far it's looking pretty good and using usnea helped as well so far
Working in our orchard today ❤
Just a random selection of some of our plants...
Kombucha making day again 😊
Another day of making our famous kawabooch 🙏
Power supply for the Tiraumea Community Hub is going up 😉
We became caretakers of our land 6 years ago. How time flies...
This is what we had put into the bush fairy dairy in Peria in October 2014. But we found it somewhere else and it ticks all the boxes and beyond... 😌🙏❤❤❤
The new home for our oyster shrooms went up to host our inoculated oak branch 😊
The season of getting your fruit trees ready for the next season 😊
Well aged humanure has been spread around our hard working peach trees. Other trees still need weeding and a good feed...
True story 😌
Waitangi weekend we had around 120mm rain and last weekend another 115mm. We never had this much rain in the last two years 🤔 The track into our orchard is gone due to flooding of our stream and there is no way getting the chipper down to finish off the pines now to plant more trees etc 😯
This is a serious job of ramming posts and backfilling or widening the track. In any case we'll need a digger and if ramming posts loads of material too 💰🙄😥
A perfect day to bottle and make another batch of my favorite kombucha, Kawabooch. Just love the long lingering kawakawa flavor.
And our tomatoes started to ripen up and getting massive... 🍅🍅🍅
Spread 1,200 ltr of comfrey tea around all our trees today. Feeling it... 😁
Fruit trees and soft-fruit are packed this year! Can't wait to harvest 😉
Finally dug up last seasons potatoes... Yummbo! 🤗
Work in our little citrus orchard today 🍊
Citrus doing exceptional well this season 🙏
Its been always on me bucket list... Mushrooms 🍄
Not that we haven't got any around. Heaps are growing everywhere under pines and in our native bush area, but not many edibles tho.
Thanks to David our permaculture teacher we've got now Oyster shroom inoculated wood on the land and all we gotta do now is waitn... 😊
As soon as it started to get warmer our little tiger worms in our wormfarm needed more space and food.
What a busy day today!
Yep it's definitely the busy season 😉
The birthing of my Persimmon trees 😜
Kia ora guys and happy Spring equinox! 😊
I know I know... It has been a while. I had my measure tape and sharp pencil out and have been in building mode over the winter month.
A quick look thru the orchard today gave me confidence that we are on the right path...
Enjoy the flowers 🙂
Chipped some of our pinus radiata 2.5days ago and here she starts fermenting already. What an awesome smell... 41°C already, will have to harness the energy soon 🙏
As I said, busy Autumn... 😉
The making of another garden tea. This time comfrey/seaweed
we (our pet worms and I 😆) are in the last phase of moving out the casts and giving our workers heaps more to do. I also have to build a second wormfarm soon
Made some comfrey tea infused biochar to be used in our winter garden beds
Update on our Hügelculture:
If pine is sooo acidic as people always say... explain this to me 😉 Everything grown on our Hügel looks pretty healthy and grows like crazy. The Hügel is entirely build from pine logs and mulch I've made with me chipper from our existing pines using worm wee and self made biodynamic garden teas.
Beautiful day to roam around the farm and check our plants
The Hügel had been planted out for the first time. Everything grows very well. Might be the result of the raised soil temperature as the Hügel is active as! 🍄🌱😍
Happy New Year to ya'll!
I know I know no update for ages...
Well, me has been a little busy 😉
We had a little NYE gathering which was small but very nice!
The grass is killing me right now but besides that everything else is thriving too! 😊 The orchard looks stunning and look what the kiwi fruit got for Christmas... 😜
I know I'm late for planting again... 😦 poor things! But what can ya do if you've got a hundred tasks and and only two hands...
Getting ready to plant out our Hugel for the first time 🌱❤
What an awesome day! Sunny and somewhat warm, in the sun it was at least 😊
I've been working on my composting bins and moved them around as you should ;)
They were wiggling with thousands of worms and looking very healthy!
I also gave our kiwi fruit its new home 🌱
And it's spring again... ❤
And this is how proper grown pine should look like! She is over 70 years old and will keep us and our friends warm. Thank you tree! 😊❤
In winter of 2016 we purchased the land and two days after the change of ownership I started already to deal with an estimate of 8000 plus pine trees. Those trees were planted about 11 years prior to our arrival and because no body ever thinned them out nor pruned them the timber of those trees is no good for anything but making mulch to create top soil. To deal with the amount of trees we decided to purchase a man-size chipper to handle the weeds... Since our place hasn’t been occupied before everything on the land was and still is pioneer’s work.
In Autumn 2018 we found a name for our place and Kaukau a Tara Organics was born.
Our goal is to provide customers with organically grown fruit and vegetables, but also passing on knowledge by teaching our permaculture methods of growing healthy food. In our philosophy it all starts with the improvement of the soil through biodynamic approach. Furthermore we looking to host workshops in earth building, gardening, off grid power solutions etc.
It’s the beginning of May 2020 and so far I have planted 52 fruit trees and countless natives to replace all those pines and provide our orchard with shelter. Most of our fruit trees in our food-forest to be are heritage trees.
It’s still a long way to fulfill my vision but I enjoy the journey very much and do the work with passion ;)