Now having cleared the gully, they moved onto their second step, planting around 9,000 new natives with assistance from Environment Waikato this August. Peter and Helen are also planting their one hectare of wetlands, with the goal of leaving the property fully planted for the next generation.
Open Gates at Peter and Helen’s farm promises to be a glorious day out in the country. There will be a picnic area on the lush paddock above the gully with fun and games for the kids. Demonstration milkings will be run in the milking shed with the assistance of Peter and Helen’s daughter Joanna, who will be displaying her award-winning show cows. It’s a lovely stroll from the picnic area down to the milking shed, but if it’s a bit far for the kids they can enjoy a tractor ride. You’ll also be able to peek at Peter’s collection of vintage Massey Fergusson tractors, as well as see calf feeding and a talk from the local vet. With all this on offer, Open Gates at Peter and Helen’s farm is a day not to be missed.