Truly Rural

  • Lifestyle farms on the battle front
    Lifestyle farms on the battle front

    As you drive around our beautiful country you can see cattle of all sizes and shapes. Delicate, doe-eyed Jerseys; rangy, angular Friesians; placid red and white Herefords with their tightly curling facial hair. You don't have to travel far afield before you spot a few shaggy-coated Highlands, two-tone Belted Galloways or even pint-sized Dexters.

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  • Hill View Campsite in the Catlins
    Hill View Campsite in the Catlins

    If ever you are tempted to entertain the old adage: ‘Men can’t do two things at once’, Kevin Boam will change your mind forever.

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  • Truffles
    Truffles

    Truffles are types of edible mushrooms (fungi) that grow on the roots of certain trees. They traditionally grew wild in forests in the northern hemisphere but can now be ‘farmed’ on specially-inoculated trees.

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  • The art of imitating nature
    The art of imitating nature

    Watching my friend labouring passionately on a windy, exposed hillside at a sloping Kaimai lifestyle block, I thought she was a little bit mad. But no, I am told this is the first stage of her new permaculture area which, she insists, will deliver fabulous produce for years to come by working with all the natural elements.

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