Amra Wallace - Urban Farm Manager
Growing up a Wellington City kid, my background was in administration and project planning. With a new found passion for Permaculture and Organics I was looking to get out of the office and be immersed in growing healthy food. I moved to Christchurch in 2015 to study Organic Horticulture and started volunteering at Cultivate very early on as we broke ground on the first farm at Peterborough Street.
My position here has given me the opportunity to use my background skills and my passion for food to contribute to the growth of the farm and create a great environment for our young people to thrive.
Aaron Crowe - Produce Peddlar, Compost Warrior
I'm a Bahá'í with a deep interest in service to humanity. Cultivate resonates with me because we provide a service to young folk in tricky situations. That service being accompaniment troubleshooting life problems and organic farm work. I couldn't think of a better organisation to work for.
Bailey Peryman - Co-Founder
Bailey trained in environmental management at Lincoln University started with Garden 2.0 and then ventured together with Fiona into Cultivate.
"Everyone has to go through a crisis of dealing with itself and asking ‘who am I?’. I went through that - every human goes through that. But I had the privilege of going through it with a loving family and with access to opportunities to learn. To be able to create that environment for young people.”
Danielle Salvestro - Intern Coordinator
I grew up in Australia as a second generation Aussie/Italian with farming in its 4th generation. It is semi-arid where I spend the formative years of my life with summers filled with rice paddies, yabbying (freshwater cray fishing) whilst avoiding the tall, snake-infested grass. The Eastern long neck Turtle is my spirit animal. It will piss on you and is a carnivore but holy heck they make my heart flutter.
I flunked high school but managed to do to secure a place at the A.N.U, School of Art for university due to my intense portfolio. I flunked that too BUT years later held down a degree in Psychology and can safely say I well and truly completed that with flying colours. Moral of the story: with enough stress and coffee anyone can get through a degree.
Which is how my road leads to Cultivate Christchurch. 1.5years ago I completed uni and quit my job working with disengaged youth in Canberra.
I decided to solo it and cycle tour around the south island of New Zealand for some rest and relaxation. I did very little training and took too much on my bike resulting in many tears and ‘f... this’-moments.
But the scenery! Oh jeepers, it was grand.
Out the other end, I decided I still enjoyed youth work but wanted to practice differently. I loved the outdoors and could see the merit of doing it tough in the elements as a means for change and spiritual growth.
So here we are. I love what I do - I get to work along side people and watch them transform, even if it’s just a small shift in attitude towards the natural environment. I get a kick out of seeing people enjoy a good looking beetroot and working together in sideways rain on a Monday. But more so, the real kicker to this job, is when they take pride in working and connecting with others and the ripple effect this has on our wider community.
Dylan Parker - Urban Farm Hand
Fiona Stewart - Co-Founder
After school I didn't know what I wanted to do so I started with study in Early Childhood Education and Care which opened my eyes to Psychology that really interested me so I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education.
I have always had a dream to start a 'Farm School' which lead me to travel to different countries to understand how their education system worked and how they supported young people with learning and behavioural challenges.
My passion for the outdoors meant that I learnt this through guiding and instructing which soon lead me back to New Zealand wanting to support Kiwi kids to feel loved and to learn to love - themselves and others as equals.
I worked in the Christchurch Youth Justice sector for 5 years, studied Forensic Mental Health and worked in the mental health sector for a short time as I was interrupted by being awarded the Vodafone grant that enabled Bailey and I to start Cultivate.
Cultivate is something well beyond that original dream and will continue to develop and be fluid to the needs of our young people in Canterbury.
Kolle Collis - Leading Farm Technician
Currently on leave
Lisa Hall - Admin & Finance Manager - Bean Counter
I'm Lisa, 'Bean Counter' for Cultivate. I'm a newbie to the organisation but not to the not for profit sector, although I've managed finances for all sorts of organisations from the "big bad" corporate world to the exciting start up's, so I come with many years of experience, too many to mention as it makes me feel old.
Originally from the UK, I have only been in NZ for 7 years but I am loving the life here with my Kiwi husband and two teenage kids and numerous rescue animals. My passion, apart from playing with spreadsheets and looking after the money, is anything to do with nature and this beautiful slice of paradise I find myself living in. My favourite pass-time is being outside either in a paddock mucking out, gardening or walking and exploring with my two dogs.
I'm very excited to be a member of the Cultivate team and help them through the next phase of their journey, whilst also learning a few things about growing fruit and veggies along the way.
Simon Corskie - Urban Farm Hand
I studied Organic Horticulture at the BHU as well as Environmental Science at Lincoln University. This inspired me to get into Organic Horticulture.
My main is the composting side of things. I've worked at the Christchurch municipal composting plant (Living Earth) for the three years prior to joining Cultivate.
Outside of Cultivate I love being a part-time musician, I am part of the Christchurch Tiny House Society and I am very much into Permaculture/ Agroforestry.