When Shane and Alica Barwell set up their hydroponic herb business in 2018 they had no way of knowing what was just around the corner. But when Covid-19 blindsided their flourishing business they – like many small businesses – were faced with a choice: pack it all in, or pivot. Having invested heavily in their hydroponic setup at Eyrewell Forest, packing it all in was unfeasible, so they turned to their experimental hydroponic strawberry plot for inspiration.

Q&A with Shane and Alica Barwell of Mountain View Produce

Why North Canterbury? Shane is a Rangiora lad born and bred.  Both of our families reside in North Canterbury, so it was a no brainer.

Favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? Can’t decide between hanging out at home and going fishing.  Home is our happy place.  We have 2 dogs, a cat, sheep, turkeys and pigs on the property.  We love waking up and watching the sun rise and set with our stunning mountain views.  Fishing is our fave thing to do (haven’t had much free time to indulge this passion lately).

Your top three North Canterbury brands? Black Estate Wines, Harris Meats, Karikaas Cheese (preferably all consumed at the same sitting!!)


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