About Open Farms
We believe in reconnecting Kiwis with our land, food and farmers.


Open Farms is about getting back to basics and reconnecting with the good stuff – our land, animals and each other.

We believe that our food starts in some incredible places, so let’s get out there and experience them!

To help Kiwis reconnect with the source of their food, we make it easy for farmers to host an on-farm event as part of an annual nationwide open farm day.

We’re a group of farmers and communications folks – a little bit rural and a touch urban, working to get everyday Kiwis back out on-farm.

We’re supported by, but independent from, New Zealand’s primary sector and farming leadership.

Our Supporting Partners
Our Channel Partners
In the Media
The Team
Daniel Eb

Dan runs Dirt Road Comms, a communications agency working towards positive transformation of our food system. He writes a bit too – on topics like regenerative agriculture, the meaning of farming and the power of service.

Daniel Lehrke

Dan runs DL Design and took the lead on bringing the Open Farms brand identity to life.

Izak Van Der Merwe

Izak runs IVDM photography and helps us tell the Open Farms story in images.

David Kidd
Farmer Advisor

A Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Councillor and farmer on the banks of the Kaipara harbour.

Tracy Brown
Farmer Advisor

A sustainability champion, Waikato Dairy Farmer and DairyNZ Director, Tracy has led positive change in farming through various roles including through the Dairy Environment Leaders Forum.

Nicky Berger
Host Co-ordinator

Nicky and her husband Dan are sheep & beef farmers near the Kaipara Harbour.  Nicky is on a mission to build shared understanding around our food, connecting town & country through her blog Grassfed in the City.

Lisa Portas
Host Co-ordinator

Lisa is the Expansion Manager at Palliser Ridge in South Wairarapa. Her role is all about connecting consumers and the wider public with the Palliser Ridge story. This follows on from her Kellogg Rural Leaders research on communication between urban and rural New Zealand.