Frank and Josje run New Zealand’s first Community Supported Agricultural scheme (CSA). They live in a Mediterranean style, straw-bale walled farmhouse near quaint Greytown in the beautiful Wairarapa. Their land overlooks fertile plains up to the often dark and stormy Tararua ranges. The property is filled with hens and chicks, barking dogs and running children. They do most of the growing for their customers at their farm up the road.
CSA is agriculture that is supported directly by the people who eat the food produced on a particular farm. Shares are bought for a season at the farm via a “membership” or a “subscription”. The dividend that you receive for this investment is a box (or bag, or basket) of nutrient rich fruit and veg, often organic and picked just hours before they arrive the city. In New Zealand, Wairapapa Eco Farm (WEF) delivers bags of fruit and veg over the ranges to New Zealand’s capital city Wellington. Continue reading