Visit our regenerative organic urban farm, growing nutrient dense food, connecting community and healing ecosystems.
We begin by acknowledging Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai as mana whenua of the land recognise their mana motuhake as well as their enduring connection to the land that we are currently custodians of.
The Green Garden is an alternative exploration of what suburban life can look like. On our urban farm we experiment with ideas around connection, healing, ecology, food sovereignty, community and mindfulness.
We are one year through a three year journey towards being Hua Parakore certified. We focus on practices that elevate the mana of Hineahuone, the atua of soil and heal the ecosystem. This means we use very minimal external inputs, focusing on circular fertility practices that increase the lifeforce, and workforce, within the Soil Food Web.
Want to know more? Follow The Green Garden on Instagram, read about us in NZ Life and Leisure magazine or consider one of the options below – stay, workshop or visit.
Stay and learn with us
Come for a minimum week long stay on our urban farm on the Kāpiti Coast. Soak up ways in which we can cultivate meaningful amounts of organic, nutrient dense food using the Soil Food Web and the power of photosynthesis. Check out our property, availability and previous wwoofers feedback here on the Willing Workers on Organic Farms website.
“It’s impossible to rate my time highly enough. I felt instantly welcome in their beautiful home and they are such friendly people, I quickly felt as if we’d known each other forever! Sarah and Marcus are such interesting and kind people and Albie and Fred are awesome kids. The accommodation was lovely and family meal times were really special. I spent days in the garden with Sarah learning the basics of organic gardening (I was a total noob and utterly clueless!). She’s really patient and great at explaining. The garden is incredible so her methods are definitely working! Hopeful that I’ll see the Hopkinsons again someday, they are some of my favourite people I’ve ever met on my travels!”Gil, Glasgow, Scotland
“I was instantly welcomed into the family and felt entirely comfortable to relax in the house or have my own space in the little batch. The garden is incredible; I was lucky enough to be staying when Sarah had a workshop on with locals to learn about regenerative growing. I learnt so much in my one short week there and I really didn’t want to leave. Sarah and Marcus are absolute legends, so funny and kind and brilliant parents. The kids are very cool and chill, so smart and so nice to each other. Also, the food I ate there was some of the best I’ve had in all of my travels. Honestly sublime. I cannot sing their praises enough. I had a truly special and memorable week. Love you guys!Caitlyn, Swansea, Wales
Book a workshop
Keep an eye out on the Instagram feed for upcoming workshops either at our urban farm, or out and about in the community.
If you have a group, school or organisation that would like a workshop on growing your own food using the soil food web and photosynthesis, get in touch with me directly and we can design something to suit your needs.
Come to an Open Day
The next planned Open Day is Saturday 25 November 2023 as part of the Raumati South Gardens Trail.
Keep an eye on our Instagram feed, or here, for more details closer to the time.
Or if you have a group, school or organisation that would like a garden tour – get in touch with me directly and we can design something to suit your needs.
The Great Turning
Joanna Macy, eco philosopher, speaks powerfully of the crucial need for us all to play a part in what she has termed, ‘The Great Turning.’ Her thinking – along with many indigenous thinkers such as Dr Jessica Hutchings, Bayo Akomalafe and Robin Wall Kimmerer help to set our wayfaring direction forward at The Green Garden. To learn more about ‘The Great Turning’ watch this short video below.