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Robin Oakley next to the new solar installation

The Future Looks Bright: Oakley’s Journey to Solar Power

April 17, 2022

We are proud to announce Oakley’s has installed a 220kw solar operation to power our Southbridge site! This is one of the largest installations in the South Island to date. We have worked with CPS Solar to introduce this grid-tied solar system. During the daytime, we can harness energy from the sun to power our…

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Oakley’s Win National Food Hero Award

November 26, 2021

“Kiwis were also able to take part in the judging this year, as part of the People’s Choice campaign. After the success of the special Food Hero Awards last year, the awards programme introduced a new Food Hero award for 2021, sponsored by Palmerston North City Council. This award celebrates people or organisations that continuously…

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How do Potatoes Grow?

November 22, 2021

Have you ever wondered how a potato actually grows under the ground?  The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a herbaceous annual that grows up to 100 cm (40 inches) tall. As the potato plant grows, its compound leaves manufacture starch that is transferred to the ends of its underground stems (or stolons). The stems thicken to…

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Taste Selwyn

July 17, 2021

In May this year, the Selwyn District council of Cantebury ran a campaign called “Taste Selwyn”. It was a celebration of our local producers and eateries where some amazing stories in our communities were uncovered. The Oakley’s Golden Gourmets were featured on the menu at Suburban Eatery in Leeston where they were used to create…

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Oakley’s Pandemic Pantry

April 5, 2020

I think we can all agree that things are a little crazy out there at the moment! With all of the changes we’ve had in our lives these past few weeks one thing remains the same – we still want to feed our family delicious and nutritious meals. Introducing the Oakley’s Pandemic Pantry! Every few…

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Leading Grower Harvests Three Environment Awards

April 2, 2020

This autumn, Oakley’s Premium Fresh Vegetables founder and managing director Robin Oakley is featured on the cover of Business Rural magazine. In this article, Robin chats with journalist Virginia Wright about the Oakley’s story and the things we are doing which led us to be awarded three Ballance Farm Environment awards. Check it out! “Robin…

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Oakley’s Wins Three Farm Environment Awards

April 2, 2020

Previously we posted about how we were a regional finalist for the Cantebury Ballance Fram Environment Awards, a scheme set up to share and celebrate positive farming stories in Aotearoa. On March 11th 2020 at the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Oakley’s were the proud recipients of three awards. 1. The Balance Agri-nutrient Soil Management…

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Keeping Well During Covid-19

March 23, 2020

In the midst of the chaos we are all feeling right now and with so many things we can’t control, it’s important to take a deep breath and work on looking after ourselves. At Oakley’s, we believe in the power of plants to support health and wellbeing. Here are a few things you can do…

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Growing a Sustainable Business

March 10, 2020

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to have Andrew and Ellery from MG Marketing out on the farm for a farm tour and kōrero. We talked about all things water usage, soil structure and sustainability. Check out what they had to say in their latest newsletter. Oakley’s Golden Gourmet potatoes are a…

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Ballance Farm Environment Award Finalists

January 27, 2020

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA) is run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust (NZFET) and aims to recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promote sustainable land management through an annual awards programme. It is run in 11 regions throughout New Zealand with each region having a recognised supreme winner of the award,…

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