Since 2014 Maria and Simon have been developing their 4 hectare property. Their aim is to create multiple revenue streams to support their off-the-grid lifestyle block.
In this, they offer a range of food, gardening or special interest workshops; accommodation for visitors who would like to experience an off-the-grid lifestyle; and a farm shop gallery as an outlet for their fresh produce and creative products.
Peihana Farm boasts a heritage orchard, diverse kitchen garden (medicinal and culinary), market gardens (to supply the weekly Growers & Producers Market in Urenui), riparian & wood fuel plantings and a native wetland. Their shed home is a passive solar design featuring home-grown timbers, Macrocarpa ceilings, an Esse Ironheart wood burning oven with a wetback, a composting Aquatron toilet system and a grey water system that is filtered through beds of wood chip. Animals include Dexter and Jersey cows, calves, pigs, guinea fowl, chickens and bees. Maria has a farm-style pantry to store herbs, seeds, dry goods and food preserving equipment.
Check out the Peihana Farm Facebook page.
Visit the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail website to for full details on opening times, talks and tours.