The Urban Monk’s mission is to ‘serve up nourishment.’
We are still the ONLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC KRAUTS made in New Zealand. This means we have been audited by an approved third party organic certification agency (ORGANICFARMNZ) – the only guarantee that what you are eating is really organic.
We aim to contribute to the developing local, sustainable food culture of Christchurch post earthquakes. As such we were one of the inaugural signatories of the Edible Canterbury Charter in March 2015.
The Christchurch earthquakes opened up the opportunity for enterprising start-ups, many of them environmental in focus, and on Boxing Day, 2012 we launched The Urban Monk as a Facebook page. In 2015 we launched our special range of cultured vegetables.
We started out making our krauts on the beautiful Waihi Bush Organic Farm near Geraldine, but shifted up to a space in Sydenham, Christchurch, in 2017. Now we get to share our home with the lovely people at OOOOBY!
The man behind The Urban Monk, Matt Morris, is a leader of the local food resilience movement in Canterbury, and has been involved in the local and national organic movement since the late 1990s.
In 2017 we gained full organic certification with Organic Farm NZ. We are committed to producing New Zealand’s premium sauerkraut, and we only use fully certified organic ingredients. We are also a wild fermented product, which means no culture starter additives. We like doing things the old fashioned way: simple, low-tech, high quality, maximum love.
We hope you’ll enjoy our range of unique, tasty and nourishing krauts.