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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: Up to 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 43469
Region: Waikato

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Last Updated: December 16, 2015

We have a fruit and vegetable market garden in the heart of tranquil Te Kowhai village, which is just 10 minutes outside of Hamilton and is on the route to Raglan. This has always been family run and owned by us - Donald, Maria, and our daughter Jenna who live and work here (as our two older sons have moved away for work and study). We look forward to welcoming open-minded, easy-going guests who are keen for a new experience and don't mind working hard.

We have been operating the farm for over 50 years and sell our produce both at our own store (also on the farm) and to the wholesale market and a farmer's market in Hamilton. Our store also sells produce sourced from the wholesale market. Produce grown on our farm includes strawberries, watermelon, sweetcorn, beans, peas, spinach, beetroot, radish, herbs, a variety of Asian vegetables, as well as some popular traditional Maori vegetables.

Currently, a lot of our time is spent on strawberries. The main job for helpers staying with us will be picking strawberries in the morning and then packaging them during the day. Working efficiently, this should take from around 7am - 1pm each day. We will give helpers two days off per week as well. Please note this is quite hard/demanding work - so please make sure you are aware of this before contacting us :), otherwise your experience may not be as you expected. We want our helpers to have a good time but it is important to recognise that this is a busy time of year for us and the work does need to be done well.

If you wish to stay with us, please send us a message specifying when you would like to come and the length of time you want to stay for. We will then get back to you regarding availability.

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