It was a unique idea to combine an electric vehicle roadshow, a blues concert and anniversary celebrations for an organic sheep and beef farm all into one fun day out on the farm.
In 2019, Mangapiri Downs Organic Stud Farm near Otautau hosted an all-day festival bringing together a concert from folk and blues artists Paul Ubana Jones and Southland’s own Lachie Hayes.
Inspired by the event and the good feedback received, we are now trying to make the festival an annual event.
Mangapiri Downs Organicstud Farm® is a pioneering organic stud sheep, cattle and forestry farm. We’ve been farming organically here in Blackmount, Western Southland, New Zealand since the mid-1980’s, and have been certified BioGro Organic since 1989.
As an organic farm, we embraced sabbatical fallowing, enabling our livestock to have stacks of natural grass every year. With a 7-year cycle, we are nearing the end of our 4th cycle, and have absolutely no plans to go back to conventional farming.
While embracing the past, we also utilize modern innovation to reduce our carbon footprint. We run our entire 469 hectare (1,158 acre) farm with electric vehicles and drones.
We also stock unique livestock breeds, of which genetics were developed right here on the farm.
We have our registered trademark 'Tufty' cattle and 'Shire Hair' sheep. These are closely related to Highland cattle and Wiltshire sheep.
Stud progeny will be available to view on the day for future sale.
Tim is not your ordinary Kiwi farmer and breeding his own bred organic Stud Hair Shire sheep & Tufty polled Highlands are just two feathers in his wild crop of silvery hair. He’s a Pioneer Sabbatical fallowing regenerative farmer since 1988 and full Biogro organic from 1989.
In fact Tim is also an electric vehicle pioneer and promoter, and a kundalini & Reiki accelerated Light master.
He is also a supporter of NZ musical performers. Bringing his love for all these things together is the basis of the Revitalize organic farm healing music festival.
Tim works tirelessly each year to organise his band of family, volunteers and staff to pull together the 3-day event. He is often found throughout the year seeking out new musicians and convincing them to perform for the small and intimate crowd at Revitalize.
If you would like to get involved, please send us a message on facebook or email email@example.com.