Country Life: 30 April 2022

Market Garden On Farm Provides Staff with Healthy Vege Boxes 

Environmental and social trials are underway on a dairy farm near Ashburton.

Rhys and Kiri Roberts are comparing conventional farming with a regenerative system, they’re giving staff more work flexibility and are providing them with free farm-grown food.

“Offering your team vegetables in this climate at the moment is just such a fantastic thing to be doing,” Rhys says.

Rhys is CEO of Align Farms. The business has eight farms milking 5000 cows and employs 30 people in mid-Canterbury.

Kiri manages one of the farms, Clareview, where the trials are taking place.

A market garden was established on the 297-hectare property a year ago and is managed by Kiri and her mum Liz Phillipps.