Veganic Farming in New Zealand

Around a week ago, I joined fellow Gentle World volunteers at our Vegan Educational Center in Northland, New Zealand.

For the past ten years, our dedicated team has spent New Zealand summers transforming a magnificent piece of countryside into an international site for vegan education, where people now come from all over the world to learn about the ‘whys and hows’ of vegan living.

As part of our educational program, visitors have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food… Not just organically, which is without the use of chemicals, but veganically, which is without the use of any animal by-products. This means we don’t use any animal manures, blood and bone, fish emulsion, or slaughterhouse sludge; all of which are considered acceptable by organic growing standards.

Although many organic growers tend to be skeptical about the feasibility of growing food on a large-scale without the use of any animal products, there are many sites around the world (especially in the UK), where veganic farming is occurring on a commercial basis. These success stories provide evidence that veganic growing is indeed the way of the future.

This year, being the last of the team to arrive at our New Zealand location, I was fortunate to be greeted by gardens which (thanks to the hard work of those who arrived earlier) are already well on their way to being highly productive, with our nearby salad garden producing many different types of greens for the nutritious salads we enjoy daily.

Every morning, I am beyond grateful to be able to make myself a delicious green smoothie from a carefully hand-picked selection of nutritious home-grown greens – lacinato (dinosaur kale), young spinach, mizuma, parsley and bok choy… And I’m looking forward to when the next crops start to be harvested, when we’ll be able to add arugula, totsoi, and veganic celery to the mix.

Later in the summer we’ll also be enjoying our own carrots and beets, cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes, butternut squash, potatoes and sweet Walla Walla onions, and (if all goes well), even our own watermelons!

Growing, harvesting and enjoying home-grown food can be one of the great joys in life, because it provides us with a connection to nature that is much-needed in these modern times. It also offers us the opportunity to tune into the great miracle that plant-foods represent – the metamorphosis that turns energy from the soil, water, air and sunlight into food we can eat without harming sentient beings.

When we grow food veganically, it enables us to provide nourishment for ourselves without sacrificing our most deeply-held values. For those of us who reject the products of animal exploitation, veganic growing offers us a way forward into a future where we can avoid creating demand for products sourced from industries of misery, while enjoying nutritious, delicious, clean, healthy, vibrant food.

For more information about Gentle World and veganic growing, or to make a contribution to help support our free educational program, please visit our website:

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Daphne H.
Daphne H.2 years ago

A little bit of paradise

Debbie Williamson

Thank you very much.

colleen prinssen
colleen p.4 years ago

is this for a challange or "animal poop is not ours to do anything with!" wow.
or a "even the turds from factory farms are used. we must put an end to using animals for anything" even if someone had a pet horse or cow?

what next? stop using animals in story books?

Oh, Good luck NZ. you'll have to save some of your veganic veggies for the bunnies. those rabbits deserve life more than the intended market.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

good idea

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

This is such a cool topic, you surely got me interested (the seed has been planted, so to say), thank you!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Interesting article. Thaks for sharing.

Martha Nieto
Martha Nieto4 years ago

At the other end of the world, but it´s nice dreaming about going some day.

Samantha M.
Samantha M.4 years ago

Awesome! And in my own country. I'll be seeking this place out, in search for advise and info for planning my plot of vegetable and herb garden on an acre of land, going organic the whole way!

Kamryn M.
Kay M.4 years ago


Marie Grenon
Marie G.4 years ago