They wished to be self-sufficient in meals and pure medicines. She talks to Cosmo Kentish-Barnes.
Why do you want dwelling on the slopes of this out-of-the-way valley?
I like the hills on either side. I can see right down to the ocean at Pigeon Bay. And you may see the hole out to the open ocean.
It is magical and at any time when we now have folks come as much as the farm, they are saying Wow. It’s so peaceable.
There is no such thing as a exit highway, so there is no site visitors besides folks coming to us and the neighbours. It is so quiet.
How did you and Kai find yourself in Pigeon Bay?
We wished to be self-sufficient. That was our predominant driver. We had an city part in Christchurch however we ran out of rising area so once I was pregnant with our first youngster, Nicholas, we determined to take the leap and purchase the property.
I grew up on a 20-cow dairy farm in Germany, a little bit rural village in Bavaria.
And I liked cows and I wished a cow to make milk and buttermilk. We stored searching for properties that did not have a large home. And we discovered this little slice of paradise.
So half of this property is native bush, some is paddock after which there is a large slice the place we now have a herb farm.
It is taking over increasingly area as we develop.
Is the herb backyard the centrepoint of your small business?
Sure. We would not have a enterprise with out the herb backyard.
We make the compost. We plant the herbs, we develop them proper from seeds to reap. After which we package deal them up for our clients.
I did a rely and we’re rising about 80 herbs. We’ve about 40 herbs we harvest extra commercially; some are harvested 3 times a yr, some as soon as.
Lately we now have been digging up elecampane root which is a good root for the lungs.
And marshmallow, liquorice and horseradish root. One other one is echinacea. That might be our subsequent one within the subsequent couple of weeks.
Echinacea goes right into a well being elixir for adults and a variety of throat sprays. It is a terrific herb for the onset of a illness while you simply really feel your throat is scratchy and you’re coming down with a chilly.
What occurred to demand through the Covid lockdown?
We had a large improve. It was simply after we had the primary case of Covid-19 in New Zealand, and we noticed orders spike.
I did not know what was happening, however the web site was simply blinking with new orders coming in. So then I had to enter the information and see what was occurring.
And sourdough bread kits?
Sure, the sourdough starter package that we promote comes with a full recipe e-book and through the lockdown, folks wished to bake their very own bread.
And so we have been very fortunate through the lockdown to have the ability to assist folks with their bread baking journey.
I actually hope the individuals who acquired their sourdough starter through the lockdown will keep it up making bread!
What did you need to do while you moved right here?
Once we moved to the farm my drive was to be self-sufficient. One half was meals and the opposite was pure medicines.
However I felt I did not have the connections; these have been misplaced throughout the previous few generations, usually it was simply handed on to the youngsters easy methods to use the vegetation round you.
So I wished to have the ability to assist ourselves and the youngsters particularly.
So I did an apprenticeship on the Phytofarm (Natural Studying Backyard) in Little River and I liked it. The final module was ”provide you with a marketing strategy” and we got here up with a product known as Child Backside Balm which we would have liked for our child.
So we thought we’ll give it a go, give it a crack and begin planting herbs.
We additionally run programs now; you could be self-sufficient, you can reside a wholesome life, and that meals is the idea for our well being. That’s what I need to educate different folks and assist them on their journey.