| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Organic Urban Farming on a 1/2-Acre Property – Urban Abundance

The vision that leads urban gardener is the creation of culture that is generous and abundant. I like the idea of you know abundant food sources and in a beautiful landscape is a given culturally like an infrastructure of care you know woven into neighborhoods The property here is a half acre in the heart of Oxford, North Canterbury township. And this is Urban Gardner hub. The hub is a center that Urban Gardeners leave from to go and do work in the community. The hub is a place that has a sophisticated greenhouse It has productive garden beds around it that create a cash crop that cover the costs and then pay urban gardeners to go out in mentor edible landscapes and community resilience. So we get to roll out and touch base with some of the pensioners in the units and have an initial interview process and see what they want to eat what they do and don’t like and also just have ears for what their knowledge base is and then work in with what they want. The urban gardener work we can go out and do for elderly is providing social contact for them. It’s an opportunity for the elderly to share their knowledge around food gardening because they’ve pretty much all got knowledge around food gardening so we can engage in conversations around that It’s almost like it’s not about food it’s about the activity of Urban Gardener become a catalyst for all these interactions that we call community or noticing that neighborhood is enriched by the arrival of this care worker that facilitates something that otherwise wouldn’t have been there. This model of a hub is a really great example of the kinds of changes that need to be made in urban areas. The idea to use revenue from the business to find volunteer work helps create food resilience, builds community, provides affordable healthy food, and works towards making the town less reliant unsustainable imported goods that are shipped from all over the world. It’s also inspiring to see the abundance of food that can be grown in an urban space. I really hate mowing lawns and lawn mowers drive me insane. I’ve never had a good one. So the idea to get rid of as much lawn as possible is highly appealing. It’s to use it as an example too for an urban property, how much you can actually produce and we’ve got huge amounts of food growing here. And there’s heaps of land in urban spaces that can be utilised for food. You can pretty much grow you know anywhere in an urban property so it’s just being able to show people that you can be as self-sufficient as you want to be in vegetables in a town and it’s all at your place. Part of what we are aiming or working towards ourselves is just to live quite simply. And to reduce our outgoings so that we don’t have to be striving and working really hard in some sort of frantic way that seems to happen so much for people in society. That we can just work in a really gentle way doing work we love and reduce our requirement for money. And we’ll get rid of those bills so that we’re freed up to be doing the work that we’re in love with. That protects our enthusiasm and then we can love life. It’s far more fulfilling to be able to share that knowledge with people don’t have it for growing their own food and essentially making ourselves redundant. I would measure success for Urban Gardener when I can look out into the local community and I can see edible areas and edible landscapes and people growing their food, and sharing their food, sharing seeds, swapping seeds. Connecting like that and the success as well would be to show this model working in a small town and be able to see this model taken into another into another town and put in place as well. That would be that a pretty significant success. Wendell Berry said that there are no big solutions to big problems but the solutions are when millions of people take responsibility for small problems locally. Or something like that just Google it man, just Google it. Hey everyone I hope you enjoyed our latest short film. This is the 4th of 12 short films in the Living the Change series. So if you want to be notified when the new films are released you can sign up to the mailing list at happenfilms.com or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel. I wanted to say a special thanks to Giuseppe Di Franco, the Namaste Foundation and Paddy McCann for their generous donations to Happen Films. Thanks again for watching guys and I’ll see you all in the next film.


Green Renaissance

Feb 2, 2017, 6:26 am Reply

Well done guys – keep up the inspiration – we need more of these type of films from all around the world.
Cheers from the Green Renaissance Team in South Africa

reginald shannon

Feb 2, 2017, 7:29 am Reply

Great video with a great idea to engage the community. Keep up the good work. Reg in Dublin Ireland ??

Paola Energya

Feb 2, 2017, 7:49 am Reply

What an inspiring project! You are setting a wonderful example for the whole community and the world. I totally agree with your philosophy of going at a gentler pace and spending more time helping others


Feb 2, 2017, 8:24 am Reply

Great little film showing a simple idea in action. I was amazed to see Kane! I knew him 25 years ago in Christchurch and Nelson, NZ. Is it possible for you to help me make contact again please? I'm now in UK.

Dorian T

Feb 2, 2017, 8:42 am Reply

Well done guys, yet another great film! Keep it up 🙂 🙂

Petals on the Paving Slabs

Feb 2, 2017, 8:55 am Reply

Fantastic, that's how I'm trying to get my garden to look like. Really enjoyed watching this, thank you!


Feb 2, 2017, 9:16 am Reply

Brilliant…inspiring & educational.

Huw Richards – Grow Food Organically

Feb 2, 2017, 9:16 am Reply

Fantastic work Jordan and Antoinette!:) Inspiring to see how it not only helps them get more sustainable food but also how they're engaging their local community, brilliant stuff!

Evelyn Rose

Feb 2, 2017, 9:53 am Reply

Heart-warming <3

josh mcgee

Feb 2, 2017, 10:37 am Reply

very interesting, would like to learn more about the specifics

BetterYouBetterWorld V

Feb 2, 2017, 10:39 am Reply

if all our land lords and parent would let us do that this world would be just right lol

Moebius Dune

Feb 2, 2017, 10:57 am Reply

I like this couple 🙂


Feb 2, 2017, 11:10 am Reply

Disappointed to see a clip on organic gardening. Much prefer to watch your permaculture clips.

thor bonde

Feb 2, 2017, 12:39 pm Reply

"huge amounts" lovely and subjective…
salat can hardly be called food…

if they produced "huge" amounts of carbohydrate, it would be very impressive…
please visit mark shepard soon

High Spirits Farm

Feb 2, 2017, 12:45 pm Reply

Hi Jordan! What a beautiful project! Very inspiring and you have sparked an idea.
We are a small farm on the edge of a tiny town in Ontario Canada, with an aging population retiring from the farms and countryside. We run a CSA, but this is an amazing idea. To create community connections, involving our elderly, to grow food and create resilience… Some,of our folks in this town suffer in a food desert of sorts. We have a small store, but fresh fruits and veggies are far and few…although local farmers are encouraging them to look into a farmers market for our town… This is so vibrant!!!! What if our elders could walk out the door for some fresh lettuce, or to pick a cup full of strawberries? Could you send me more info on their project??

dory thunder

Feb 2, 2017, 1:00 pm Reply

very inspirational, love it <3

Guildbrook Farm – Off Grid Living

Feb 2, 2017, 2:19 pm Reply

I loved this video and I love what they are doing. I hope this inspires more people take up the spade and start doing the same on their property or in their community. Thanks for producing content like this :0)

Zoe scott

Feb 2, 2017, 2:39 pm Reply

I'd love to meet these two, someday I want to have my own small holding in the uk.

Ms. Italics

Feb 2, 2017, 2:40 pm Reply

Excellent, looking forward to the rest of the series!

Steven Larson

Feb 2, 2017, 5:20 pm Reply

I love that this project is happening. Thanks for bringing these inspiring stories to us in other parts of the world!

Sara Coe

Feb 2, 2017, 8:18 pm Reply

Too short if you ask me ?

Pikachu Love

Feb 2, 2017, 10:45 pm Reply

Could you imagine all the damn grass next to sidewalks all over LA as little abundant Gardens? Every place you see grass just becoming gardens of all edibles including orchards berry plants and herbs. And you just kind of walk around and select what you want. Also there's a constant little water stream throughout these parts. All the parks would be covered in edible fruit tree's and the shrubs could be big berry bushes. ^~^ My kind of perfect lol.

Yoshi SBX

Feb 2, 2017, 12:10 am Reply

Beautiful x

Permaculture Homestead

Feb 2, 2017, 1:47 am Reply

? thank you for another great film and story that i will be watching everyday until the next one. ? Permaculture is the answer.

Living This Life

Feb 2, 2017, 3:51 am Reply

Love this – awesome to see what fellow kiwis are doing. On slightly less than a quarter acre and we provide a good half of our fruit and veg and all of the eggs we need in a year.

Stewart Holmes

Feb 2, 2017, 1:40 pm Reply

This is a great example of what we can do, I grow up on a small farm and have worked on many small allotments and my back garden. This is a plan we, our family are working toward.


Feb 2, 2017, 7:37 pm Reply

I love these!

organic artistic

Feb 2, 2017, 5:13 am Reply

wow! incredible!

Jayme Stevens

Feb 2, 2017, 3:36 pm Reply

One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was talking to war vets in retirement homes the knowledge is endless

Petra and Gary MacDougall

Feb 2, 2017, 4:53 pm Reply

Amazing video…really look forward to watching all this series…really love what you are doing! We do this on our quarter acre, grow food, chickens and a greenhouse….what a world this would be if millions more were doing it. It starts with us!

Anna Maranan

Feb 2, 2017, 1:58 am Reply

what's the song you used? it's soothing.

Gardener For Life

Feb 2, 2017, 6:50 am Reply

Great video and concept. Thanks for sharing. Mandy & I look forward to being in a position where we could take food gardening out to the local pensioners who by all accounts suffer acute loneliness. Maybe as early as this spring here in the sunny UK 🙂

Liz Clark

Feb 2, 2017, 10:02 pm Reply

Great film guys!


Feb 2, 2017, 4:49 pm Reply

Great stuff. I'm growing more this year and hope to have a small stand outside.

Johanna Lundqvist

Feb 2, 2017, 10:26 am Reply

I hope and pray this will be the future of planet earth. Friendship, community, love, growing organic food and working in harmony and peace <3

Michael Rivadavia

Feb 2, 2017, 8:36 pm Reply


celia wilson

Mar 3, 2017, 8:53 pm Reply

This is the only way we can go – growing more of our own as we used to do.

Mark Horsnell

Mar 3, 2017, 6:03 am Reply

Aucklander here. Born & bred in Christchurch. You guys are the business. Love what you're doing. I have similar values. Let's get on with making our immediate world a better place! Thanks for the vid. Cheers.

tom w

Mar 3, 2017, 9:31 am Reply



Mar 3, 2017, 2:35 am Reply

this is the vision I had and just began with finding some property and getting funds done!

Alan Kropp

Mar 3, 2017, 8:50 pm Reply

Great idea. Nice video. I'll give it a go. Thanks

suburban homestead

Mar 3, 2017, 11:27 pm Reply

There's no way I can watch one of your films and not feel inspired

Stephen Sauls

Mar 3, 2017, 11:34 pm Reply

Love it!

Jessica Harlan

Mar 3, 2017, 1:54 am Reply

Im learning to grow my food great video ; ]

Rose 1962

Mar 3, 2017, 3:36 pm Reply

I think your gardening with seniors is something that would benefit the whole world! You guys are awesome!

Juan Barberis

Mar 3, 2017, 9:16 am Reply

Thank you for your wonderful work! Wishing you well! : )


Mar 3, 2017, 2:14 pm Reply

These stories are amazing


Mar 3, 2017, 7:00 pm Reply

I wish I could like this a million times.

Don Dufresne

Apr 4, 2017, 4:23 pm Reply

Love it!

Julia Feliciano

Apr 4, 2017, 8:53 pm Reply

Bless you guys ??

Juan F Revelo

Apr 4, 2017, 11:21 pm Reply

Absolutely beautiful

French Door

Apr 4, 2017, 1:20 am Reply

This is what life should be about to be around beautiful and honest people. Yes to freedom and loving life. Less greed, concrete and more green. Well done Happen films.


Apr 4, 2017, 5:54 am Reply

You guys are AWESOME. I love you.
make the world what we need and want it to be. Peace.


May 5, 2017, 3:29 pm Reply

How can I do this in Canada? It's extremely cold during the winters

Live From Planet Earth

May 5, 2017, 8:28 pm Reply


dub rd

May 5, 2017, 12:30 am Reply

Awesome. Only thing I can add is you might want to check out "one straw revolution"
Thanks for the inspiring video.


Jun 6, 2017, 10:57 pm Reply

I have spent the last two seasons trying to achieve this amazing lifestyle. Grow nutrient rich foods to share and teach others . Your story is inspiring and congrats to you for finding balance in your life,

Ashti saeed

Jul 7, 2017, 4:41 pm Reply

beautiful idea thanks


Jul 7, 2017, 10:17 am Reply

Excellent! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Pia Jensen

Jul 7, 2017, 9:31 pm Reply

only thing I would suggest – no till… plant a lot & chop and drop…

Bryan Case

Jul 7, 2017, 3:44 am Reply


Dani Ward-Barker

Sep 9, 2017, 11:29 pm Reply

Love it guys !!!

Archangel Tyrael

Oct 10, 2017, 1:00 pm Reply

How is this urban? It's not exactly a city.

Badhon Ebrahim

Nov 11, 2017, 10:04 am Reply

4:41 wellsaid

Liam Corbett

Nov 11, 2017, 7:47 am Reply

It hurts to see that 23 people have disliked this video. If you know one of them, give them a hug from all of us please 🙂

Samitha Bandara

Dec 12, 2017, 7:46 am Reply

You are doing a great job.. greetings from Sri Lanka

VRRay OfMinneapolis

Dec 12, 2017, 12:13 pm Reply

Add woodchips, you hipsters! hahaha just kidding, but ADD WOODCHIPS!

Anon Notmyrealname

Jan 1, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

I love the garden.

Mikes Science

Mar 3, 2018, 7:31 pm Reply

What a great idea. Helping the elderly and extracting their wisdom on growing food!

Abdulmuti Asiri

Mar 3, 2018, 3:30 pm Reply

Thanks for the video, I like your style in filming very relaxed and calm.

Natali Todorova

Apr 4, 2018, 4:01 pm Reply

This is AWESOME!! Thank you for sharing!

Stephanie Over 50

Jun 6, 2018, 11:40 am Reply

Great idea and great work. I am just starting to grow food and the satifaction is amazing. I love the idea of scaling down and connecting with neighbors in the way you've shown. How life should be.


Jun 6, 2018, 10:43 pm Reply

Essence of it is a great idea, even without all the buzz word cliche's. Could have put the same point across in 1 min and meant something tangible. A lot of time spent in the social sciences department no doubt.

Donna Vorce

Jul 7, 2018, 2:58 am Reply

We've got to get ourselves back to the garden . . .

Andrea P

Jul 7, 2018, 9:29 pm Reply

Thank you I love the model they created within their neighborhood, especially that the garden supports outreach.
I want to encourage people who may not have growing space at home to take over part or all of a local park to feed yourselves. In 2005 we started a large garden with fruit trees and vegie beds in a 9 acre city park, it fed many people loads of healthy food, still does. Initially the city and neighbors didn't want it, by the 2nd year it was wildly successful.

Stewart Holmes

Aug 8, 2018, 1:54 pm Reply

This is brilliant, just what we need. It also helps to stop waste, cut pollution, which gives into the community.

Autumn Meadows

Sep 9, 2018, 12:25 am Reply

Love this

Charlie Chuckles

Oct 10, 2018, 11:14 am Reply

Borean Heritage still alive and well


Nov 11, 2018, 2:13 am Reply


Judy A. Shroads

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Jan 1, 2019, 11:14 am Reply

To invest so much energy in growing food is – I'm sure – paradise for some.
But it must be understood that it would be hell for many.

Shiv Pant

Jan 1, 2019, 11:52 am Reply

??Amazing work! Please spread your knowledge globally ☺️ conducting some web session or youtube detailed vedios…??

Beth Farms

Jan 1, 2019, 2:02 pm Reply

I love how she has on her pearl necklace gardening. Act locally, think globally. Great job.

Olivia Chong

Feb 2, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

I like this couples. Their positive and humble, down to earth attitude, and they really know what they are doing. Wish them happiness and success?

Suzie Q

Feb 2, 2019, 11:53 pm Reply

You guys look like opposites


Mar 3, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

I have now watched a number of your videos. As a gardener, seedsman and garden educator, I think these are brilliant: Clearly presented, visually engaging and very inspiring. You are doing a wonderful job. Makes me want to visit New Zealand again. Haven't been there for years.

Joanne Morgan-Monk

Mar 3, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

Fantastic very inspiring

Debra Kessler

Mar 3, 2019, 5:31 pm Reply

Very inspiring!

James Beningfield

Mar 3, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

You guys are flipped awesome

dank worm

Apr 4, 2019, 4:51 pm Reply

It's funny all we gotta do is be more like our grandparents and we will be more happy people

Vince Gordon

May 5, 2019, 1:48 pm Reply

Excellent! Keep up the great work guys! I only have one suggestion. I applaud your use of bikes for transportation. Please purchase and use some good helmets. I’m a volunteer Firefighter and trust me on this one, you might be very glad you have a helmet on some day. Cheers!

Paul D

May 5, 2019, 1:24 am Reply

Real community only emerges through share material interdependence. Corporate society only promotes dependence, and servitude. We're over it…

achsah kaleb

Jun 6, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

A agree fully! I have always said I can't eat grass! It's impractical and expensive with no real use!

Glen Risk

Jun 6, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

I finally have my own little plot of land and have been thinking for a while about learning how to grow my own food. I intend to develop this place then buy a small acreage I can homestead on?

Deb Cobern

Jul 7, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

Wonderful place you have there. I'm. Surprised you aren't. Using "No Till" method.

Todd Tomaszewski

Jul 7, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

Great video. There is another YOU tube channel called Way Out West Blow In Blog. They are in the West of Ireland. Tim and Sandra. Wonderful couple. Look them up. Lots of great videos with a wealth of information. Hope it helps. Love from Texas.

احمد محمود

Aug 8, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

Please ..But on the English subtitles at all your videos. … thanks

Nicolas Bertin

Sep 9, 2019, 11:16 am Reply

Unfortunately they're using Jean Martin Fortier's method from Québec, permanent garden beds with a lot of compost, no mulch (compost isn't mulch) and pulverized soil with a rotating tool to make a seed bed. That's not environmentally friendly at all, because that rotating machine destroys the top soil, which is where you have the most soil life. So yeah it's great to get rid of weeds and have cash crops, but then you're just cash machines. Jean Martin doesn't hide that, but here they sell it like it's very "green" and stuff. No, the proper way to do it if you want to say you have a nice living soil, is to not use those awful tool. The soil needs to be covered all the time with a mulch of straw or wood chips. Never disturb the soil, just transplant your plants by removing a bit of the mulch. And for tiny seeds sowing, you remove the mulch, sow on the soil, and cover with a bit of compost. Works a charm. And never do you need to pulverize the soil. The issues with Jean Martin's method, and he admits it, is that during a big rain the soil will get washed away. Especially in rainy places like Québec or NZ. So you need to have proper drainage. A true living soil doesn't erode under the rain, thanks to mushrooms secretions and worm tunnels keeping the soil together. That's why in Brasil or Argentina, where it rains a lot, 90% of their agriculture is no till (nothing, not even top soil tilling). So yeah it's a productive method alright, but you need machines, big quantities of compost, and you're not doing much better environmentally than a regular farmer who tills his soil. Also, because your soil isn't really full of life, the nutrient value of your vegetables is quite poor, similar to regular farmers. Start using proper mulches, bringing mushrooms and worms back, and the nutrient value will skyrocket.

Savanah Helsley

Sep 9, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

does anybody know the song that plays at the end of this?

Richard Vowles

Oct 10, 2019, 5:39 am Reply

It would have been more inspiring if you wore your bike helmets like you are legally required to do. Just one small thing that otherwise would have been perfect.

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