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Pīwakawaka Farm is a regenerative farm in Papaiti, on the banks of the Whanganui River.


We grow all sorts of delicious fruits and vegetables using organic, hua parakore and permaculture principles to uplift the mana of the soil.


We’re growing locally, for local people.

Small Kai Box
$30 p/week
$360 p/12-week season
Feeds approx. 1-2ppl
large Kai Box
$50 p/week
$600 p/12-week season
Feeds approx. 2-4ppl

Pīwakawaka Farm is launching the Summer Season at the start of January, based on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. 

A seasonal subscription runs for 12 weeks. Each week you will receive a selection of nutritious, delicious, spray-free fruit and veges. This produce is all grown locally at Pīwakawaka Farm by the Learning Environment team.


Sign up for the Summer Season below!
Registration closes: December 23rd
First Kai Box: Janaury 8th, 2022

How it works:

  1. Subscribe in advance for a 12-week season by filling out the form below

  2. Choose between a Large $50 Kai Box or a Small $30 Kai box

  3. Pay for the 12-week subscription up front

  4. Collect your box weekly from beside the SourBros stall at the Whanganui River Traders Market, between 10am and 11am on Saturday.

Each box will include at least eight different items, which in Summer will include a selection of:

  • Tomatoes

  • Zucchini

  • Cucumber

  • Capsicum

  • Chillies

  • Beetroot

  • Radish

  • Salad Greens

  • Silverbeet

  • Kale 

  • Carrots

  • Beans

  • Leek

  • Spring onion

  • Broad Beans


What is a CSA? 

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, also known as subscription farming. It is a grower support model which connects the community to their local growers. By ‘subscribing’ up-front to a full season of local spray-free produce, both the risks and reward of growing food are shared between growers and consumers. 

A CSA model helps to address increasing concerns about the lack of transparency, sustainability and resilience of our food system. It is about knowing where your food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown. We form mutually beneficial relationships to support Whanganui food security and sovereignty.

To find out more, check out our FAQ

You [The Eaters]

By supporting us, you are:

  • Eating local, nutritious and delicious

  • Connecting to the growers and life-cycle of your kai

  • Receiving a stable and regular supply

  • Supporting local economies

​Us [The Growers] 

Stable and secure income means we can:​

  • Spend less time on marketing

  • Invest in enhancing our gardens

  • Focus more on growing good kai

  • More reliably deliver kai to you

  • Spend more time connecting with community

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Can I customise my box?

Generally, no. The idea is that we will provide you with what is ready and seasonal, week to week. For simplicity, we keep Kai Boxes as similar as possible for each customer. We may make boxes customisable in the future.

However, please let us know if your have any food intolerances and allergies, and we will make sure your needs are met. And if there is something that you really don't like and won't eat if we give it to you, let us know that too.

Can you deliver to my house?

We are continuing with one pick-up point and no deliveries. The pick up point is beside the SourBros stall at the Whanganui River Traders Market, between 10am and 11am.


This lowers our workload; creates one clear point of contact where growers and CSA members can all connect; and draws people to the Whanganui River Traders Market. In rare circumstances, delivery can be arranged at an additional cost.

Do I need to pay everything up-front or can I do a payment plan?

The CSA model we are using is based on a pay up-front model, so that we have some financial stability in the season ahead.


If you are genuinely unable to pay up-front but would like to commit to the full season, please get in touch with us and we can see if we can work out a payment plan together.

Yes! All the kai is grown at Pīwakawaka Farm in Papaiti, 15mins from Whanganui town centre. We embrace organic, hua para kore and permaculture methods, and we're informed by the maramataka. Sometimes we add in extra treats gifted from people in the community with abundant fruit or veges - we make sure these are organic and nourishing, too.

Do you grow everything yourself?
Who is growing the kai?

The food at Pīwakawaka Farm is grown by a team of young farmers from the Learning Environment.


Dave Hursthouse and Emma Morris are leading the CSA growing project. Find out more about us in our Coordinator Profiles.

Are you organic or
hua parakore certified?

No. As a start-up small farm, we have not gone through the cost and time to get organically certified, and we're really only just learning about hua parakore. We follow organic principles and use only organic inputs. We follow permaculture and hua parakore principles and as much as possible use heritage seeds.

We are spray-free, and do not use any kind of chemical fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides.

What happens if crops fail?

A CSA model means that the risk of farming is shared between the grower and consumer. If some of our crops fail for some reason, then we may not be able to fill the boxes.


It is in our highest interest to keep our gardens thriving, using principles that avoid crop failure. We also have a chiller with some storable fruit and vegetables in case of crop failure. 

What happens if I can’t collect my box one week?

It is important to find a way to collect the box during the stated time frame. If you cannot get to the pickup location on time or are out of town, we encourage sending a friend or family member or even your neighbor in your place. It’s a great way to introduce the CSA to others.

If it's genuinely impossible to pick it up one week, let us know.

What happens at the end of the season? 

We will have a couple weeks break before the next season begins and existing customers will receive first priority for subscribing to the next season.

Get in Touch

Pīwakawaka Farm Ltd

673 Papaiti Road, Whanganui

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