NZ: The novices growing lettuces by the thousands

Two couples with no market garden experience will soon be growing nearly half a million lettuces a year in South Taranaki.

Salad Brothers in Waverley is a partnership between longtime residents Marianne Archibald and Chris Carrick and Marianne's brother Garth Archibald and his wife, Kristine Bell, who have moved there from Wellington.

The four are in the midst of rejuvenating a hydroponic lettuce farm that ceased operating sometime last year. Already, they’re harvesting bags of cut leaves and whole lettuces for customers in cafes, restaurants, and markets.

Once the last of their certifications comes through, they’ll be able to supply supermarkets and Foursquare stores. The lettuces, in a variety of colors and leaf styles, are grown in massive plastic houses. The lettuce farm was started in 1986 by Lee Cadman, and more recently, it was owned by Ngā Rauru o Kitāhi.


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