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.
Pīwakawaka Farm is trialling its first season of Kai Boxes at the start of June, 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.
How it works:
Subscribe in advance for a 12-week season by filling out the form below
Choose between a Large $50 Kai Box or a Regular $30 Kai box
Pay for the 12-week subscription up front
Collect your box weekly from the SourBros stall at the Whanganui River Traders Market, between 10am and 12pm on Saturday.
Each box will include at least eight different items, which in winter will include a selection of:
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
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?
For this first season at least, we want to trial one pick-up point and no deliveries. The pick up point is the SourBros stall at the Whanganui River Traders Market, between 10am and 12pm.
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. If you are genuinely unable to collect from the pick-up point, then get in touch with us directly and we'll work it out.
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.
Pīwakawaka Farm is not certified organic.
Do you grow everything yourself?
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 winter season?
We are intending to run 13-week Kai Box subscriptions in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. While running this Winter Seasons boxes, we will be assessing the viability of this model, and your feedback on this season will be vital to inform that.
We will be in touch with more information when available.
Get in Touch
Pīwakawaka Farm Ltd
673 Papaiti Road, Whanganui