Sustainability

Farming practices

At the Little Farms market garden we are regenerative organic farmers, which means we do not use any chemicals/synthetic sprays or till our soil. We build soil on top of the existing ground using natural organic matter.

​This way of farming protects our top soil and the soil biology. It also replenishes the soil with nutrients healing our existing soil.

We are not certified organic as the cost of certification on short term leased land is not feasible. It is also not overly practical to go through the lengthy certification process for leased land. We do not own any of the land we farm on, therefore it doesn't make a lot of sense to invest in certification of a piece of land that we may only be able to lease for a few years. 

Rest assured we hold ourselves to the strictest organic principles. 

​The best certification is being fully transparent. Therefore, we welcome any questions and are always happy to show you the farm in person. We also try to show you everything that is happening on farm on our Instagram.

We are able to provide the weekly Farm Boxes to you by working with a collection of other organic farms in the Wairarapa. Most of these farms are certified organic, with only the smaller ones not being certified for similar reasons to our market garden. 

Packaging 

We use home compostable packaging for our Farm Boxes.

​You are welcome to return your box and any packaging inside the box to us.

We will reuse the boxes where possible, and compost the boxes and packaging that are at the end of their life. 

If you pick up your box then please return your box to your pick up point. If you receive your box by delivery, please leave your old box on your doorstep for collection on your delivery day. 

Resilience 

For a farm to be sustainable it also needs to be resilient so that it can keep operating into the future. As small scale farmers it is really hard to grow enough food to make our farm economically viable. We find that with the change of seasons our orders yo-yo up and down, making it hard for us to cover costs in the low times and meet demand in the ups. Therefore, it is really helpful for us, if you subscribe to our Farm Boxes. This helps us plan how much to grow and gives us some financial stability so that we can invest in our farm long term with the security that we will be able to sell the food we grow.

Follow along

We show you exactly what is happening on farm regularly on our instagram @mothering.in.nature and @wearelittlefarms as well as giving you tips for your own garden.