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Organic Durham Farms

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Organic Durham Farms

Your hosts: Adrian, Tania, Craig, Hamish, Lynda & Carl
Location: Waipu
Driving time: 50 minutes from Warkworth

The three families that own this organic farm see themselves as guardians of the land. This mindset changes their approach to farming, with the aim to leave the land healthier and more productive through sustainable improvement.

Since they took over the farm, they have undertaken wetland restoration, extensive planting of native trees, water and soil testing and are actively involved in a community-based pest trapping scheme, that now extends to 2,000 hectares surrounding the farm.

They are showing that considered farming can work alongside the natural environment – not at the expense of it. They are well on their way to having North Island Brown Kiwis back on the property in the next five years, along with other threatened species.

Home to 260 dairy cows and a 60 Angus beef herd, the entire farm is certified organic. It’s also home to an organic market garden, bees and free-to-roam chickens who have a choice of accommodation, including some very cute yellow caravans. Farming is a team effort, with Hamish, Lynda, Carl, Anita and Toby being just some of the team who make Durham Farms possible. Owners Adrian and Tania also work on other projects, including a glamping site due to open this summer, complete with Insta-perfect bell tents.

Durham Farms is keen to share their story at Open Gates this year. They have lots of activities planned to make a great family day out. Not only will you be able to have a tour of their organic dairy operation, but also buy produce from the farm’s own farmers’ market, along with pizza and gelato from other local producers. You’ll be able to find out more about the chickens, have a tour of the market gardens, learn about beekeeping, take a trailer ride down to the wetlands and do some planting. Some fun games and educational treats are planned for all ages. So, bring a picnic and make a day of it. As Durham Farms has a zero waste initiative, please think about what you bring to the farm and if it can be composted or recycled. Durham Farms looks forward to welcoming you! 

Our activities 


Trailer Ride

Trailer Ride

See Calf Feeding

See Calf Feeding

Farmyard Friends

Farmyard Friends

Planting

Planting

Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Water Testing

Water Testing

Vet Talk

Vet Talk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Our water initiatives 


Effluent Management

Effluent Management

Riparian Planting

Riparian Planting

Retired Land

Retired Land

QEII Bush

QEII Bush

Fencing Waterways

Fencing Waterways

Bridge or Culvert

Bridge or Culvert

Wetland Area

Wetland Area

Nitrogen Management Data

Nitrogen Management Data

Farm Environmental Plans

Farm Environmental Plans

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