The Common Unity Fundalentils of growing a plant powered community

What you will learn

How to set up an urban kai farm

What it takes to be an urban kai farmer

Important things to think about when setting up an urban kai farm

Why you should setup an urban kai farm


Food plays an important part in our lives. It brings whānau and communities together and is one of the most important ways we share and celebrate our culture and family traditions. Common Unity is dedicated to food. Growing it, cooking it, and sharing it by feeding as many people in our community as we can, celebrating the goodness of our soil, from the actions of our hands and the heartfulness of wanting to bring home local food solutions into our neighbourhoods. Since Covid, we’ve focused on our Community Food Hub, providing over 80 000 meals to the community and expanding our farm network which now includes Rimutaka Prison, Agrihood backyard farms and Epuni care and protection, and Epuni School; making it 12 farms in total.

And we want to share our learnings with you.

First we’re going to cover your operating model. Next we’ll go onto funding your urban kai farm and then a video about the land you are planning on using. We will cover staff and volunteers, some important discussion on governance and administration We then get onto planning your planting, how to rethink waste, and finally, the importance of food safety. At the end of the course you will have a good understanding of what an urban kai farmer ‘looks like’, what an urban farmer is able to accomplish, and what is required to set up an urban kai farm.

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We encourage you to print out the checklists and use these to create a business plan for your project.

Please compile feedback throughout the course and share this with us upon completion at [email protected]

Thanks for learning with us.



Urban Kai Farming

Overall Introduction
Urban Kai Farm Introduction
Operating Model
Food Safety