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Deep Roots is a market garden in Riwaka, where the soil has been tended with organic and bio-dynamic principles for over 25 years. I supply a weekly box of organic produce, straight from the farm to the Motueka, Riwaka and Lower Moutere areas. Requests for additions and exclusions are welcome. Your box will be made up and delivered to an arranged drop-off location and can be paid for on-line. The box sizes are $10, $20 or $30.
What are the reasons to buy your veggies via a box scheme?
◊ Its a great way to eat with the seasons
◊ Every item is picked on the morning of delivery
◊ Supporting local growers cuts out all the unnecessary transporting, refrigeration and packaging that comes with supermarkets
◊ More of your money stays in the local economy
◊ It makes quality organic vegetables affordable every week
◊ Challenge yourself to cook different dishes using what is seasonally avaliable
Please get in touch if you have an inquiry. I am fully subscribed for the 2017/2018 season.
Your questions about the box scheme answered: (Questions about organic growing below)
What’s in the Box?
Can I Choose What I Like and Get Extras?
Do I Have to Get a Box Every Week?
How Do I Sign Up and Do You Deliver Outside Motueka?
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The Office

What’s in the Box?
A $10 box will typically contain four items @ $2.50 each (small quantities), a $20 box will contain five items @ $4 each (bigger quantities) and a $30 box contains 6 items @ $5 each and will be a mixture of greens, salad, roots, brassicas and whatever else is in season. The only thing I don’t grow is onions. I try to give a different range of vegetables each week, and not put the same things in week after week but the reality of veggie growing is that when something is in season, its abundant. This is particularly true of things like tomatoes, beans, and zucchinis which I have to keep picking to keep the plants producing, so I encourage my customers to bottle or preserve things when they are in season.
I will be as generous as I can each week, and in the summer and autumn you will often find the box over flowing (that’s the time to get preserving!) and its a bit leaner at the very beginning of spring and at the end of the season. I always keep records of how much I put in the box and I try to make it balance out over the months, so that its good value over time.
Can I choose what I like and get extras?
Yes. If there is something that you really don’t want I will never put it in your box. Also if you want your boxes  heavy on salad, or always to contain greens I can customize to your taste to a certain degree. There is also the option to add extras to your box. “Extras” are things like garlic, chillis, and herbs so if you are planning a special Thai meal and need some chillis. lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, you can order this as extras and it will come with your box with an extra charge. At the beginning of each month I send out a brief email detailing what will be in season for the coming month and what will be available as extras.

Summer harvest

Do I have to get a box every week?
My life is a lot easier when I have some certainty around how many boxes I will be supplying each week, so my priority is to supply the customers who have standing orders. If you would prefer to take it week by week, or only want a box for part of the season, I will do my best to supply so long as I can meet the demand of my regular customers.
How do I sign up and do you deliver outside Motueka?
Email me at produce@deeproots.co.nz . I don’t do home deliveries, I only drop to pick up locations and its the responsibility of the purchaser to collect their box on the correct day, so it doesn’t really matter where you live so long as you come and collect your box. The pick up locations are in Riwaka, Motueka and Lower Moutere.

Questions About Organic Growing
Are  You Certified Organic?
What Do You Fertilize With?
What Do You Use for Slugs/Caterpillars/Aphids?
What’s The Difference Between Organic and Nutrient Dense?
Can I Visit?
Ask Me A Question
Are you certified organic?
No I’m not, but the land has been farmed organically for over 25 years and there are no residual chemicals in the soil. Riwaka is, however, famed for its apples and hops and there is a lot of chemical spraying in the neighbourhood. Happily our closest conventional neighbour is respectful of our operation and only sprays when the wind direction blows away from us, plus we have a large shelter belt on the boundary. The only product I use that is not strictly organic is seed raising mix, which has a small amount of conventional fertilizer added.
What do you fertilize with?
I make compost from all our on-site waste and horse manure. I also have 4 worm farms for liquid fertilizer, and buy bio-gro certified solid fertilizer from Environmental Fertilizers and use blood and bone and sheep pellets. I’m also beginning to experiment with bio-char and will be doing a crop trial this spring. I’ll be documenting the trial and putting it up on the “Posts” page as I go.
What do you use for slugs/caterpillars/aphids?
Wondermesh

“Wondermesh” protecting carrots

Wonder mesh is my biggest pest control strategy, put up a physical barrier to keep them off! I occasionally use BT for caterpillars (a natural parasite), DE for both aphids and slugs and occasionally I spray pyrethrum if everything else has failed.
Whats the difference between organic and nutritionally dense?
Giant BroccoliOrganic simply means its been grown without the use of artificial fertilizers and insecticides, it doesn’t necessarily mean its healthy. When we create minerally rich, biologically active soils, the plants grown develop complex sugars and become nutritionally dense, better for our health, and more resistant to pests and diseases. A plant grown without the full range of minerals will develop only simple sugars whether its organic, hydroponic, or conventional. The complexity of the sugars can be measured through a Brix test, which is done through a simple hand held device (which I have) called a refractometre. The higher the Brix, the more complex the sugars and the more nutritionally dense the plant is. Not all organic growers aim to increase brix, although many do. When we attend to the soil biology and create highly mineralised, biologically active soil is usually called ‘bio-intensive’ or ‘biological farming’. I’ve written my up my understanding of this in more detail on this post on soil biology.
Can I visit?
Yes you are welcome, but please contact me first and only visit when I am definitely there.
Another question?
Go for it. Use the contact form and I’ll get back to you soon.
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