The Pumpkin episode four: The rise and appeal of homegrown milk


Introducing The Pumpkin, a podcast devoted to homesteading and permaculture in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Join NZ Lifestyle Block editor Michael Andrew as he connects with inspirational and innovative people across the country who’ll share their knowledge about growing food, raising animals, living off-grid, regenerating soil and water, practicing self-reliance and connecting with their communities.

Episode 4: Breeding and Selling House Cows with Rise to Shine Farm

 

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Based on a 77-acre block in near Wellsford, Lis Martinac and her partner Peter run a business breeding and selling house cows to homesteaders and lifestyle block owners.

Lis spoke to Michael Andrew about the joys of hand milking, the method of raising house cows in line with permaculture, and the wave of self-sufficiency that has made the idea of home-grown milk increasingly appealing for so many New Zealanders.

Episode 3: Community, Traditional Wisdom and Embracing Nature with Hakea

 

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Dan Whittington and Merve (Mar-veh) Yeşilkırv are food growers who live on a 40-acre block called Hakea, about 20 minutes south of Raglan. They spoke with Michael Andrew about happenings at Hakea, the history of the property, connecting with nature and how the marriage of traditional knowledge and modern permaculture has influenced their work.

Episode 2: Setting up a Homestead with Mānuka Valley Farm

 

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Ruby and Tristan Burch are homesteaders and animal rescuers based in Paparoa, Northland. Having moved from London to Wellington to the country in the space of a few years, they provide an accessible and realistic example of the kind of transformation people can make when they’re driven by a desire to live a more sustainable and conscious life.

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They tell Michael Andrew about their efforts to restore the land, their rescue animals and all the challenges and benefits that come with this lifestyle.

Episode 1: Prepping and Resilience with Gillian Swinton

 

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In the first episode of The Pumpkin, Michael Andrew speaks with Gillian Swinton, a homesteader and prepper based in Lauder, Central Otago. Gillian grows and preserves much of her own food, and is passionate about building personal and community resilience by learning new skills and sharing her knowledge.

 

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