Farm owner moves on but memories remain
Mangawhai’s former raw milk farm in Bagnal Road has closed its doors. The milking herd has been sold but the property and its owner family has a strong connection with Mangawhai on several fronts.
Sandra Grayson dedicated the past seven years to organic farming and the farm became the forerunner of raw milk production in the Kaipara District from 2013. Sandra built a steady and loyal clientele for her delicious raw milk and other natural products including cream, free range eggs and homemade goodies, preserves and fresh produce in season.
The cessation of the service was sadly missed by many, brought about largely by government changing the rules and a raft of expensive red tape that had to be navigated making the operation no longer viable.
Prior to that, however, and while still operating a full dairy unit, Sandra became the driving force behind the formation of the Mangawhai Cadet Unit. A woman with a special way with young people, and a sizeable family of her own, Sandra holds a positive view of all young people, considering if they are put in the right environment and given the necessary encouragement and support they can achieve great things. The cadet unit did just that winning army-style national skills competitions for many years in both team and individual disciplines such was the dedication she imbued in her charges as their commander.
In 2016 Sandra was also the recipient of the Zonta Yellow Rose Day Award.
“I have loved being a part of the Mangawhai community, bringing up my family here, my time with the cadets and my customer base of hundreds of locals and great friends, coming to the farm gate for my organic milk and to share news and friendship,” Sandra says.
The property is being marketed by Christine Thomas and Jan Hutcheson from Bayleys Mangawhai and is one of very few properties of this size offered to the market so close to the Village and Wood Street retail centres and Mangawhai Heads.
“The 30 hectare block with its close proximity to everything, flat to rolling contour and the huge eight bedroom house, offers all sorts of options for buyers including subdivision potential, tourism, small farming and other agri-business options utilising the many farm buildings, the dairy and shop,“ says Christine.
Attractive stands of native bush line the Tara creek which runs through the property and the north facing ridge at the rear of the property gives views to the coastline and outlying islands.
Having now embarked on a change of lifestyle further north, Sandra Grayson says she will always hold fond memories of her time here and the people of Mangawhai.
Sandra Grayson (right) pictured with Zonta’s Jan Fisher after receiving the Yellow Rose Award in 2016.