Sustainable students – ‘a win-win operation’


Brian and Pirkko Gallagher are passionate about sustainable farming. Not because they have to be – because they want to be and know it’s the right thing to do.

Brian and Pirkko have been farming in Patumahoe, South Auckland for the past 25 years. The farm has been in the family for the last 90 years and they are proud third generation custodians of the land.

With the support of Fonterra, DairyNZ, Auckland Council and local schools, the Gallaghers plant around 1000 trees on their property annually. “Every year for the last five years at least we’ve had one or two schools each winter – they come out and plant hundreds of trees, which the school kids have grown from seedlings”, says Brian.

Trees for Survival programme

Students from Michael Park school helping to plant on the Gallagher’s farm as part of the Trees for Survival programme.