Outreach

Next Farm Day

Saturday May 4, 2019, 2 - 4 pm 


One of the main goals of our life-long project which we call the Wairarapa Eco Farm and CSA is to show by example. Help like minded people and be an example to our future generations of what can be done. To have confidence in Nature and that ecological growing and making a living go together.  Now that we have shifted to one property (August 2018) we are able to open our gates once again and offer different opportunities to come and learn here on the farm direct from and with us.


Farm Days - Great way to get to know your Farmer and your Food!

In Spring and Summer every year we open oup our CSA farm for an open day with a guided tour. This is a great way for our CSA members to connect with the farm, find out how their food is grown, ask us any questions about our food production principles and enjoy a great day out.

Check out our News and Updates Page to find out about our next open day.  

                 

 

Guided Farm Tours

Over the warner months (Sept- April) we host guided farm tours on request. Tours are $30 pp and can be booked by contacting Josje on 022 0958479 or csa@wefs.co.nz.  Tours take around 1.5 -2 hours and cover organic growing, permaculture design, sustainable living, farm animals and much more. Discount available for group booking of 4 or more. 

             

 

Wairarapa Eco Farm CSA Agro-ecology Course and InternshipsLinking practice with theory

Are you interested in growing and distributing healthy vegetables and fruits? Do you want to learn about agro-ecology, food sovereignty and sustainable food systems? Are you keen to tap into the knowledge of an experienced and innovative farmer? Or, do you have a desire to learn about the challenges and practicalities of working towards a sustainable, healthy, viable food system that is fair and just for the earth, the consumer and the producer? Then why not join Frank and his whanau on the Wairarapa Eco Farm CSA this autumn!

                  

Course and Internship Description 

This is an experiential learning program based on agro-ecology and soil quality, the pre-requisites for quality food production with environmental care that lay the foundation for genuine progress/ resilience in community development.  The program is geared toward people interested in producing food quality and community development.

During the 10-week intensive course and internship program you will be involved in all aspects of our farm and work closely with the team.  Typically, Monday to Wednesday’s time will be spend practically and is focussed on the gardens and the week’s CSA harvest, preparation and distribution. Interns will learn to about greenhouse management, field cultivation, irrigation systems, harvesting, post-harvest handling, distribution, and animal care.  To give you an idea of what type of work interns will be doing:

  • Field work: includes seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, trellising, field prep and harvesting.
  • Greenhouse: seeding, thinning, transplanting, watering, and plant care/pest control.
  • Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, labelling all crops
  • Distribution: distributing CSA, sales at farmers' markets, CSA logistics.
  • Animal care: letting chickens out at sunrise, feeding, watering, collecting eggs and putting in at sun down. Feed and water pigs, set up electrical fence, move paddocks.

Thursday will be class based and divided into two main areas. Firstly, the agro-ecological theory behind our actions on the farm is explained in detail. Over the period of you stay topics such as: the basics of agro-ecology and food quality, soil, plants and animals, and how to (re)design, maintain and increase the throughput of a farming system will be covered. The course endeavours to give you a real understanding of what proper “organics” should be about, i.e. growing quality food the right way and with the right intentions.  Secondly, we will introduce to you the ins and outs of this type of direct selling. How to plan and grow for a year-round CSA, structures and organisation, software packages, administration and logistics. You will leave with a proper insight into our CSA and its advantages and disadvantages. This will help you decide what will work best for you.  

Friday’s are divided up between a half day of your own chosen project work and a half day in the garden.  The personal project (you choose what interests you) will give you an opportunity to work with and learn from a practical situation, giving you the experience of putting the theory into practice and checking out for yourself if it might be something to pursue on your own terms.

Interns work full-time with our team. The typical schedule is 8.30am to 5pm, with a one hour lunch break around noon, and one Sunday a month on animal duty.  Depending on the weather we might start earlier and/or finish later.

Accommodation:

This year we hope to have finished our naturally built cabins for our interns,. There is a shared outdoor kitchen and a shower block with hot shower and compost toilet is situated a few meters away. A library/office is situated in the main house.

Farm produce such as greens, eggs, meat is available for interns as the season provides.

Some house rules:

  • It is your responsibility to take care of and clean personal and communal living space.
  • You will be sharing the accommodation, so rules apply on behaviour
  • We can pick you up from the bus station in town, or the train station in Featherston.  We are 6 km from our nearest local town; a car or bicycle is a handy item to bring.
  • We are unable to accommodate pets on the farm.
  • Please no smoking on the farm, and we ask for responsible consumption of alcohol.
  • Interns cook their own breakfast and dinner 6 nights a week – there is one shared farm dinner with the whole team per week.  Weekday lunches are shared. 

Field Trips: 

Over the course of the internship period we will take a field trip to another farm in the area based on intern's interests. This can include another organic farm, raw milk dairy or a community/urban garden.

Dates:

Check out the box below.

 

Start Date

End Date

Last Date to Apply

Results Sent  Out

Spring Course

12 Oct 2019

19 Dec 2019

21 June 2019

1 July 2019

Summer Course

13 Jan 2020

20 March 2020

21 Sept 2019

1 Oct 2019

 

Costs and Payment:

Program fees are $2.750 for the 10-week period and include the course work, field training and project mentorship, farm food supplies, and accommodation. 

 

Total Fee

$250.00 Registration Fee

1st Deposit Due Date

2nd Deposit Due Date

Spring Program

$2,750.00

Upon registration

15 Aug 2019: $1,250.00

7 Sept 2019: $1,250.00

Summer Program

$2,750.00

Upon registration

24 Oct 2019: $1,250.00

13 Dec 2019: $1,250.00

 

Cancellation Policy:


Cancellation of up to four weeks before the start of the program, you will receive a full refund, less registration fee.  Cancellations made within four weeks of the start of the program, a 50% refund will be given, less registration fee.

Please note that we reserve the right to end your participation in the program at any stage, in case of indecent, violent or dangerous behaviour, without a refund.  Working on the farm requires the physical capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. Farm work offers an incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience.  Please consider this commitment before applying.

Application:

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in our program, resume and completed Internship Application  to the farm by email.  If you are successful we will contact you to schedule a phone or skype meeting.

Applicant must have a valid tourist visa, work visa or NZ residence.

 

Feedback from our Interns

"Four months at the farm.  After four months, I’ve learned so much. I worked along a wonderful team. I’ve learned a lot about farming: how to take care of the soil, how to deal with the weather, how to manage to produce enough vegetables for a CSA, … I discovered that it could be one of the most difficult and unpredictable job but also the most beautiful.  Before coming in NZ, with my partner, we had the dream of an eco-farm. After our four months working here and meeting Frank and Josje’s family, we can say that our dream is more consistent.  They can be proud of what they’ve done and what they produce. We didn’t found such a quality of vegetables and fruits elsewhere in NZ. We wish them all the luck in the world. :)  Next time in Belgium! Soon!!" Loïc and Amandine (2015)

"Lovely Josje, Frank, Family and all sweet animals around. I have been thinking about your family so often last year. It is funny how I understand things better, while I am doing it myself; I am now running a self-harvest garden with a friend of mine. It is cool to realise how much I’ve learned at your place during my stay. I see struggles that I saw you having sometimes: giving up crops, limited time, not being able to water the crops enough. Wow, we had such a dry spring – unbelievable!! This new season I set as a learning experience and hopefully next season I feel confident enough to handle a bigger plot. Thank you and lots of love and hugs”  Linde (2016)