In 1998, famers Steve Sterne and Jens Ravn discovered their dream block of land nestled upon the south bank of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. Here they established Patoa Farms: an outdoor pig farm, providing an environment as close to the pigs’ natural habitat as possible.

Q&A with Holly Sterne of Patoa Farms

Why North Canterbury? The geography, soil type, access to local communities and bio-security aspects of our current location make for an ideal environment for farming pigs. Most of the outdoor farms in New Zealand are based in the Canterbury region.

What’s your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? Keeping it simple; I love to walk up to the lookout on the Hurunui bluff road in the early evening and see the river and hills beyond as the sun is starting to set. You just can’t beat that view!

Top three North Canterbury brands?

  • Harris Farms for their long term commitment Cheviot and relationship with our farm as well as Nick Harris’ vision for the area.
  • Fitfood because it fuels us so well when I am too busy to cook dinner.
  • And for something slightly different, I am incredibly proud of the work put into the Hurunui Garden Festival and the way the organisers deliver such a well run event that showcases gardens in our area.

Find Us

724 Medbury Road, Hawarden