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Join our crowdfunding campaign!

Help us reach our minimum goal of $70,000

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$51,230

$70,000

$100,000

We need you to make this possible! Everything at Kelmarna is a collective effort, and we can’t do this without the support and participation of our community.

More than that, we know that so many people feel a connection to this place, and we really want you to be part of building its future.

2021 is Kelmarna’s 40th year - let’s celebrate this special birthday, and work together to set the site up for the next 40 years as a unique community asset!

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Grab a Raffle Ticket $25

Give yourself a chance of winning one of our pretty tasty raffle prizes, and contribute to the campaign at the same time! Check out The Raffle page for more info.

  • 1 x raffle ticket

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Adopt a Tree $50

Trees are basically magic. Food, shade, shelter, fuel, wildlife habitat, pollinator food, carbon sequestration - what more could you want? Put your own roots in the ground at Kelmarna!

  • 1 x raffle ticket
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic
  • An invitation to a planting day to plant your tree!

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Adopt Three Trees $150

Three times the magic! Trees love to hang out with their friends. Planting trees won't save the world on its own, but it's a fantastic way to start!

  • 2 x raffle ticket
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic
  • An invitation to a planting day to plant your trees!

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Adopt a Tree Line $2,500

The only thing better than one tree is lots of trees together! Your contribution will also go towards the site prep, compost, and fencing required to give your trees a great start in life.

  • 5 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic
  • An invitation to a planting day to plant (some of) your trees!
  • 10% discount on Kelmarna produce for the whole summer (ending 31/3/22)

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Adopt a Shelter Belt $500

Too much wind makes veges sad! Help us create a living windbreak (full of bee food and support species), so our plants can relax and concentrate all their energy on growing beautiful veg.

  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic
  • An invitation to a planting day to plant some of your shelter belt!

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Adopt a Bed $150

The foundations of the market garden! Create a soft and comfortable bed to be packed full of diverse crops that thrive as a team, feeding the complex web of life in the soil and growing strong, healthy plants.

  • Give your vege bed a name!
  • 1 x raffle ticket
  • A surprise box of veges*
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt a Double Bed $300

Twice the fun! Two beds, side-by-side, united in delicious green abundance. The perfect gift for the romantic interest in your life?

  • Two beds named by you
  • 1 x raffle ticket
  • A surprise box of veges*
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt a Family Block (4 beds) $500

A super-king-size bed full of vegetable goodness. Give our Market Garden development a serious boost, and the whole family a chance to name a bed.

  • Four beds named by your family
  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • A surprise box of veges*
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt a Farmer for a Day $200

Our new Junior Market Gardener will need some time to learn the ropes, and to put down their own roots. Help us train up the next generation of farmers, by providing a full day of training and learning for them.

  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • A surprise box of veges grown by your farmer*
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt a Farmer for a Week $800

Our new Junior Market Gardener will need some time to learn the ropes, and to put down their own roots. Provide a whole week of on-the-job training and learning for them!

  • 3 x raffle tickets
  • A surprise box of veges grown by your farmer*
  • Name the farmer!**
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt the Growing Tunnel $7,000

The place to be for veg (and people) that like it hot and steamy. 150m2 of sheltered growing space for those heat-loving crops. We can almost smell the tomatoes and basil already!

  • Give the tunnel a name of your choosing
  • 5 x raffle tickets
  • A surprise box of veges*
  • 10% discount on Kelmarna produce for the whole summer (ending 31/3/22)
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt the Shed $3,000

We need somewhere safe to store our new market garden tools! If you're the kind of person that appreciates the vital importance of a good shed, this could be the one for you.

  • Give the shed a name of your choosing
  • 5 x raffle tickets
  • 10% discount on Kelmarna produce for the whole summer (ending 31/3/22)
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Upgrade the Wash House $250

Our washing and packing station needs an upgrade to deal with all this extra food! Help us create a space with beautiful workflow so our veg can scrub up well in smooth style.

  • A surprise box of lovely clean veges*
  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt a Hen $75

Adopt and name your very own chook for us to look after. These amazing birds help to rejuvenate pasture, support the health of the sheep, all while laying highly nutritious eggs!

  • Give your chook a name!***
  • 1 x raffle ticket
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt Three Hens $220

Three is the magic number. A trio of pecking, scratching, bug-eating, egg-laying featheriness, happily roaming around our paddocks.

  • Three chooks to name (you'll have to get creative)***
  • A surprise dozen eggs once the chooks start to lay*
  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt an Eggmobile $1,300

Those chooks need somewhere safe and dry to sleep at night! Help us build a portable chooky caravan with space for up to 36 hens to roost.

  • Give your eggmobile a name of your choosing, to be fixed in place forever!
  • 3 x raffle tickets
  • A surprise dozen eggs once the chooks start to lay*
  • Priority sign up for our egg CSA scheme
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Spread your Seed $450

Diversity of pasture species is essential for feeding a varied and healthy diet to our livestock, and our soil microbes below ground. Help us give our animals a full buffet to choose from!

  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic
  • Come and help us spread the seed if you'd like to!

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Adopt the Sheep Shelter $600

While our silvopasture trees are getting established, we'll need a mobile shade solution for some areas of the farm that don't currently have much tree cover. Help our sheep to play it cool on hot days.

  • Name the sheep shelter!
  • 2 x raffle tickets
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Adopt the Water Tank $5000

Water is the basis of all life! Help us to harvest more of Auckland's plentiful rain, and store it for those dry summers when our trees will really appreciate it.

  • Name the water tank
  • 5 x raffle tickets
  • 10% discount on Kelmarna produce for the whole summer (ending 31/3/22)
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

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Be an Unsung Hero $?

Maybe you just want to give, and you don't need any perks? You're probably the kind of person who stays to clean up at the end of a party. Chip in however much you're able to spare, and we'll put it where we need it most.

  • You'll be our hero, forevermore
  • An invitation to join us at our Paddock Picnic

*Surprise veg boxes and eggs will be provided in the next 6 months. We can only provide these perks by collection from Kelmarna, sorry! You are welcome to nominate an Auckland-based friend to receive your perk.

**Just kidding, sorry! The farmer will probably come with a name, and probably won't want to change it to Farmy McFarmface...

***Our first 32 chooks that will arrive this summer have been adopted (and named) already. The remaining hens will follow next summer, though you're very welcome to name them sooner, and we also don't mind if you call one of this year's chooks by your unofficial nickname for now...

The paddocks around Kelmarna’s gardens have always been part of our site, and mostly used for grazing livestock, but we haven’t always had the time to give them a lot of love to reach their full potential.

Over the past 6 years, we have built up the capacity of the organisation so that we are now ready to take a big step up, and bring the paddocks into much more active and productive use in daily Kelmarna life.

In 2020 we worked through a large number of options for how we could put this land to good use and best achieve our strategic goals:

  • Food: Foster and champion a resilient and regenerative urban food system
  • Environment: Regenerate our land and enhance local ecosystems
  • Community: Support the health and wellbeing of our local communities
  • Organisation: Ensure financial and organisational sustainability so that we can achieve our other strategic objectives

We settled on the design you can see here, combining veges, trees, and animals, in an integrated system.

Late last year we held a consultation event with our close community and key supporters, and put this vision out to our wider community as well. The process provided opportunities to engage in great conversations with our community, valuable constructive suggestions, and many generous offers of support in realising these plans. You can read more about our consultation process here.

In 2021 we have started to implement the plan, with the arrival of our first sheep and ongoing work to prepare the new Market Garden site for veggie planting.

We have also been able to raise $22,500 in grants towards the start-up costs, thanks to generous contributions from Foundation North, Waitematā Local Board, and Mazda Foundation.

We are itching to move forward much more quickly with this project in 2022, but we need your help to make this happen!

Ideal goal: $100,000 gives us the security to invest in the important infrastructure that we need now. Reaching our ideal goal will mean we can bring in some external help where it will make a big difference, and move forward much more quickly with the whole project.

Minimum goal: $70,000 is enough to cover the essential start up costs, and get the project off the ground. Our minimum goal means it will take us a bit longer to get all the elements up and running, and we’ll likely need more help from volunteers.