We are blessed to be living in a caring and supportive community, with our wonderful neighbours and fellow ‘bottom enders’. Our animal companions include Riley & Louie the blue heelers, and Albie & Rosie our miniature horses. Along with this crew are plenty of Orpington chickens (most of our girls have names) and Silver Appleyard ducks.
We started with a bare piece of land twenty four years ago now, in 1999. Our main focus has been to restore the land by planting trees and building soil, using syntropic permaculture to support the growing of nutrient-dense food. To that end, we’ve planted over 3,000 native trees as shelter belts. We’ve also planted numerous fruit trees and are the proud owners of an established olive grove of 230 trees, comprised mainly of Frantoio and Koroneiki varieties.
Waiheke Island is officially free from possums but we are committed to ongoing pest control using A24 traps and bait stations to trap rodents and stoats. We are working in tandem with the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust towards their goal of creating a ‘predator-free Waiheke’. We also have an ongoing weed management programme to further encourage an increase in our native bird population. Since 2013 we have worked hard to develop food forests on our land based on permaculture design principles, which has proved very rewarding! Our free range chickens and ducks help out in this regard, by roaming through the property, naturally controlling the pests in the food forests. For this and for everything else, we are grateful!