FARM & FOOD

Taranaki’s food movement is growing from strength to strength.  Our region is diverse in its growing climates and the soil rich, making it a ripe to diversify our primary industry – in particular a transition in dairy farming both to regenerative and or diversified agriculture. These are just the sort of inspired clients Greenbridge’s enjoys working with.  Past projects range from small-scale-commercial urban market gardens growing micro-greens to supply the local farmers market, a synergistic farm to plate experience and venue to iconic Mt White Station in the upper South Island.

Dwane Luke Ariel

FARM DIVERSIFICATION BASE MAP for Duane's whanau owned farm in South Taranaki; mapping the land is the beginning of the design process to explore potential diversified farm income(s) while regenerating the land.

Dwane Luke Overall Plan Farm Planting

FARM PLANTING PLAN. Best practice, incorporating measures to recharge the landscape (springs hold special significance for whanau), extensive shelter and fodder belts, riparian protection and chook trailers following the herd to mitigate worm load and provide secondary farm income.

Dwane Luke Shelter & Fodder belts

FARM SHELTER & FODDERBELTS

Dwane Luke Multiple Livilihoods

MULTIPLE FARM INCOMES PLAN. The initial vision described by Duane was a farm that will be as “sustainable as possible”. While dairy farming is the whanau’s main business and this is important, there is a desire to explore diversifying the farming operation, by utilising areas less suited to dairy farming. A question was posed: “How many family livelihoods could be provided on the farm?”

Arial & Base Map Regen Farm Design Margaret & Andre

Northland Farm, 300 hectares AERIAL & BASE MAP, Greenbridge was asked to generate designs whereby the farm is an educational platform, to inspire, demonstrate and spread knowledge of sustainable agricultural practice.

Regenerative Concept A & Pros & Cons Margaret & Andre

Northland Farm, one of three CONCEPTS, exploring potential permaculture practices, soil restoration and natural ecosystem preservation. This CONCEPT A, is a mixed farm with holistic grazing approach.

Regenerative Concept B & C Margaret & Andre

Northland Farm, CONCEPT B looks at a mixed farm with organic diary and CONCEPT C looks at large scale forest gardening and fishing.

Cake Diary

KIRSTY JONES cake designer and business owner 'The Cake Diary', asked Greenbridge to design her a year round edible flower garden in which to decorate her cakes and to sell to restaurants - fabulous!

Cake Diary Plan

BASIC SKETCH DESIGN - Kirsty's Edible Flower Garden

Cecily at Market Thula Greens

Cecily grows micro-greens for the New Plymouth farmers market, marketed under 'Thula Greens'.

Plan Thula Greens

Celcily and her husband Tom, already avid gardeners, asked Greenbridge to help them redesign their existing gardens to enable micro-green and salad green production for sale and to supplement income.

Solar Map Thula Greens

Cecily's urban garden was SOLAR MAPED, which is an important tool when designing for productive gardens as it helps identify the areas which will support productivity and allows this to be integrated into the over all garden design.

Thula Greens 2

More Thula Greens, shows how small urban spaces can produce alot of food.

Alex and Tanya Concept

MULTI-LIVELIHOOD FARMLET CONCEPT A. Alex & Tania are planning a unique venue and a catering/foodtruck business – aka Rhino – on the family farm. All (or most) of the food for the business will be grown on the farm – seasonal, fresh, and sustainably produced and the whole animal will be used nose-to-tail. Educating & delighting people will be a key part of the enterprise, which is integral to a great family lifestyle with heart and soul. farm. This event venue is one-of-a-kind, with heart & soul. Tania and Alex are creating a great lifestyle for themselves and their children.

Alex and Tanya Concept?

MULTI-LIVELIHOOD FARMLET CONCEPT B.

Alex and Tanya Sector Analysis

Alex and Tanya BASE MAP

Mug Shot Kahu Glen Farm

Matt and Melissa run Kahu Glen Farm which grows feijoas for their juice range. “We won a competition run by Greenbridge (a sustainable property design company), about $800 worth of consultancy fees. It’s kind-of permaculture design and they helped plan it, and they also helped us out with a 12 month planting orchard, helped us pick the trees, so we get fruit right through the year. The maps they do are awesome, and you get a calendar with months of the year in a circle and what fruits you get.” Matt & Melissa

Plan Kahu Glen Farm

Kahu Glen Farm BRAORDSCALE DESIGN, depicting potential land use based on small scale commercial income from feijoas and tree-crops. You access Kahu Glen via FB and read about Matt and Melissa's hemp house journey here.

Mt White Farm Photo

Mt White Station, around 40,000ha (near Arthurs Pass) asked Greenbridge to design the growing HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY. The station is remote so all the staff live on site. The new owners want to ensure the growing staff community, including families with children, all live a happy life in warm comfortable homes, in a beautiful community setting. Sustainability and resilience is important, with self-sufficient in food and energy generation. Wow what a project!

Mt White Orthophoto

To get up-to-date and accurate aerial photography of the homestead area, we arranged for this ORTHOPHOTO to be taken by drone. Fantastic detail can be seen when you zoom in.

Mt White Topo Survey

To get accurate topographical information, we arranged for a Canterbury-based surveying business to do a TOPO-SURVEY of the homestead area. We used the topo-survey, our site assessment drawings, and the orthophoto, to form our base map, from which to generate concepts.

Mt White 3-D Sun Modeling

Much of the existing homestead area is on a south-facing slope. So we did some 3D SUN MODELING to determine the best locations for homes in this mountainous climate, where sunshine makes a big difference to warmth and the ability to grow food.

Mt White Concept One

We did several CONCEPTS for the community design, which includes building several new homes and farm buildings, developing food production on site, and increasing resilience. This concept utilizes existing infrastructure and clusters the homes for more community connectedness.

Mt White Concept Three

This CONCEPT explores moving most of the community to the only nearby north-facing slope for more sun. A north-facing slope receives much more solar radiation in winter, so will be much warmer and food will grow better.

Mt White Concept Board

This board explains and illustrates many of the ideas incorporated in the concepts – very helpful for educating and inspiring the client team.

Mt White Dogs!

During one of our visits to Mt White Station, these working dogs (and their shepherds) had just arrived back from several days mustering... tired doggies!