Our maara kai was born out of the first lockdown when we realised that this was the perfect opportunity to engage rangatahi in vegetable gardening.
In realising our maara we have been hugely supported by our mentors: Peter Alexander founder of Norton Road Organics, Chantals Organics and Poppa Pete's Juice; Brigid Ormond of True Earth Organics; Chris Hull, lifelong biodynamic gardener at Hohepa and Grace Ormond mana whenua producer and Parakore champion. These mentors have shared, knowledge, resources, time and labour and we are deeply indebted to them.
We are growing all the greens, herbs and lettuces used in the cafe and juicery and we have planted the vegetables we use in our juices and ferments, namely daikon, beetroot, wong bok, cabbage, lettuce and florence fennel. We also have a selection of Kai Māori including gifted kumara tipu, hue and kamokamo.
Our maara is currently under organic conversion with Organic Farm NZ and and is an enrolled Tipu Ranga Maara within the Hua Parakore verification system.
Hapi Ora | Clean Kai
Health & Wellbeing Specialists
He kai he rongoā, he rongoā he kai. Hapi is a way of living that celebrates diversity in eating styles and we believe everything you eat should taste and feel delicious. We are a wāhine (women) driven business that works hard to support our whānau, our community and our whenua.
We grow our own fresh vegetables in a certified organic market garden on the edge of Napier.
We are 100% committed to organics and promoting Kai Ātua, healing kai free-from contamination.
Gretta Carney has dedicated over 20 years to the organic sector and is passionate about healthy kai.
We opened our doors in 2015 with a vision to provide healthy kai for our community and haven't looked back since!
We buy in bulk, we compost our waste and we make all our own drinks and reuse the glassware!
We sell fresh vegetables, vegan cheeses, paleo-bread & ferments at our local farmers market every Sunday.
Te Matatini, F.A.W.C.!, festivals, concerts, cocktail parties, art openings, weddings & wānanga, we LOVE it all.