This Sunday in Canterbury, New Zealand

Growers will reveal vegetable growing secrets at open day

Want to know what it takes to grow your own organic vegetables? Have your questions answered at the Untamed Earth Organic Farm in Leeston, Canterbury this Sunday. Growers Ollie and Penny Platt, with business partner Isaac Green, will share tips and tricks for growing good produce and the challenges of sustaining organic food production as they open the gates of their 10-hectare farm to the public.

The trio own two Leeston farms that grow 30 to 40 varieties of organic produce. They have been involved in several food-related ventures together in an eight-year relationship.

While their farms were relatively small, the group was trying to do “cool things” with their produce and had a vast range from mizuna (also known as Japanese mustard greens), pak choi, mustard spinach and purple daikon radish to staples like celery and carrots, director Ollie Platt said.

The open day is an opportunity to understand what it took to produce food and the challenges that went with that, he added. Visitors will be given a tour and the growers would share some of their precious secrets on how to grow the perfect fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Although the open day welcomed the public onto the farm, online sign-up was required as there was a limit to how many people were allowed in at once. Untamed Earth’s opening day was originally scheduled for February 21 as part of a national open farms event, but had to be postponed due to Covid-19 alert level changes.

It would now be held this Sunday from 10am to 2.30pm at 340 Brookside-Irwell Rd near Leeston, 40 kilometres southwest of Christchurch. Registrations should be made online at


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