[04 June/Stuff NZ]

Carl and Kati Freeman turned their urban Taranaki 0.1 hectare property into an urban farm growing organic vegetables two years ago and now they want to help others do the same. The Freeman couple used $1000 capital to transform their lawn into a vegetable patch, which now produces over 25 varieties of fruit and vegetables. The expansive garden, titled an ‘urban farm’, consists of 50 five-metre long vegetable beds, together with a seeding area, a seed nursery, a hot house, and an assortment of fruit trees, chickens, ducks, bees, berries, mushrooms, as well as compost, and a worm farm. The produce is sold from the Freeman Farms stall at the New Plymouth Farmers Market every Sunday, and through midweek vegetable orders. After successfully applying for a $15,000 grant from Major Regional Food Opportunities and the Provincial Growth Fund, Mr Freeman is now ready to teach others how to follow the same path and plan to hold short workshops and offer internships to those interested.