I’ve been walking and talking with Helen Moore, as we admire iris, scratch pigs, and water her animals.
I first met Helen at the Waipara Farmers Market where you are always welcomed by her wide
smile and bubbly personality.
Helen is bursting with ideas and future plans for her property. Her enthusiasm is infectious,
although I start to feel lazy……. this is one busy person…………….. weeding, mowing, animals
to care for, growing seeds, potting up, the tasks go on, including family commitments.
Helen with help from her father grow’s a variety of flowers, including lilies,callas & sunflowers,
but it is the Iris that are blooming at the moment. Dwarf, intermediate and tall bearded varieties
are all here, when one variety fades, another takes over. The long rows of blooms are breathtaking,
with a myriad of colours.
Everything here is grown on sustainable principles. It is Helen’s dream to one day open the property to
the public, and provide a learning environment to educate those who are interested in a holistic lifestyle.
They are working towards having a petting zoo, pond, plant nursery, and an eco stay bus including
Animals are central to their lifestyle and the rescued waifs and strays are all part of the family and
treated as family members. Horses, hens, ducks, pigs plus three Kune Kune’s , a lamb that had no
mother ,sheep, and dogs.
I nearly came home with a Kune Kune, the pigs are limelight lovers, desperate for scratches and
attention, and loving having their photo taken.
Instead I leave with a gift of Iris………….. .there is much relief when I get home.
Helen with her Walk the Talk – Farmstyle stall is at the Waipara Farmers Market every Saturday morning selling a variety of plants,
produce and flowers.