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Kelmarna Organic City Farm

Kelmarna Organic City Farm
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12 Hukanui Crescent , Auckland
Tel: (09) 376 0472

Full Description

Established in 1981 as a working model of localised urban organic vegetable and fruit production, Kelmarna Gardens provides opportunities for educational gardening for mental health clients in a tranquil and therapeutic green-space. The original objectives of organic gardener and project initiator Paul Lagestedt included the growing of food to promote better nutrition, education, employment and beautification of the environment. The fulfillment of these objectives has maintained and enhanced a healing landscape and has effectively encouraged personal wellness and has strengthened the sense of community. The garden ecology combines with areas of native tree reforestation and provides space for chickens and cows. An on-site shop sells garden-fresh produce and customers can also "pick-your-own salad" from the gardens. Available all year.

Open Hours

Most days 9.00 - 5.00pm - when gate open so is the shop. Serious shoppers please telephone first.


Kelmarna Gardens is located in between Herne Bay and Grey Lynn on Hukanui Crescent, off Kelmarna Avenue. Kelmarna Avenue runs between Jervois Road (Herne Bay side) and Richmond Road (Grey Lynn Side).
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User Reviews

There are: 4 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Love the Kelmarna gardens and the wonderful produce that they grow and the great people that work there so friendly and helpful at all times .
Posted by Peach on 2014-01-21 11:23:32
I never thought I'd find somewhere to buy organic produce so cheap in the city.
Absolutely stoked with this little gem. The staff always feed you with facts about the huge variety of produce they grow and it's health benefits. Always leave feeling refreshed, head home and enjoy all the wonderful produce.
Highly recommend this place!!
Posted by Organic lover. on 2012-01-14 00:06:42
What a fantastic discovery this was!
I often go here and get a 'salad bag' when entertaining or when I feel like a natural pick me up.
It is always a joy meeting the various workers there and walking around the garden with them whilst they pick the best array of greenery and edible flowers (that look delightful!).
The salad is always a treat and changes each time!
Did I mention the free range eggs too!?
Organic food at it's freshest and for the cheapest prices in town!
Check it out.
Posted by M.Egelmeer on 2012-01-05 17:57:59
I am a very keen supporter and admirer of Kelmarna City organic gardens, I have studied the concepts of this project a fantastic community affair - love to develop several of its kind in the future - definitely has wholesome and worthwhile values and community especially the self-health and wellness aspects. awesome!
Posted by Maria Murphy on 2010-06-05 18:17:51