Sarah Cowan
Managing Director
Sarah is Lynn's daughter and growing up was often a 'guinea pig' for Lynn's remedies while Lynn studied herbs and she joined Lynn as her business partner in 2006. Sarah runs The Herb Farm as the Managing Director, taking care of the development of the business. Sarah is also pretty skilled with a soccer ball and her busy little man Taj, and baby daughter Sia, keep her on her toes at home.
Lynn Kirkland
Founder & Herbalist
Lynn founded The Herb Farm in 1993 and she is still our resident herb-guru and develops our products. Lynn's other role is being 'Nonna' taking care of Taj and Sia while Sarah is working and you can often find them exploring the gardens. She often makes up remedies for The Herb Farm staff if anyone is feeling under the weather. Lynn also enjoys brushing up on her Italian and has just published her first book.
Karen Weatherall
Sales & Marketing Manager
We are so excited to have Karen as part of The Herb Farm team. Karen has worked in marketing for over 15 years with some well known New Zealand brands and with her vast experience she has implemented some fantastic systems and process in our business. Outside of work Karen and her family are very active and involved with various types of outdoor sporting activities.
Philip Spies
Operations Manager
Philip has recently joined the team after emigrating from South Africa with his family. He has lots of great experience in manufacturing and quality control and his calm, positive attitude is a great addition to the team.
Jenny Chen
Accounts Administrator
Jenny is our numbers and systems whizz and keeps all things ticking over with accounts at the herb farm. Not only does she have a strong background in accounting she is also a qualified engineer! Jenny is also a bit of a fashionista and has some amazing pairs of heels in her collection.
Jeanette Nel
Office Administrator/PA
Jeanette is another new addition to the team - and the Manawatu region, and brings with her years of experience and lots of great skills. She is originally from South Africa but has made New Zealand home for herself and her two boys.
Robyn Curtis
Sales Representative
Robyn looks after all of our lovely retailers across the North Island, she is based at The Herb Farm but travels from Auckland to Wellington in her role. Her extensive sales experience and her friendly attitude make her a great addition to our team. Robyn has always had a keen interest in natural products, this has been passed own from her Nana who lived to 100 and her philosophy was all things natural.
Jacynda Murray
Marketing Assistant & Designer
Jacynda brings her creative flair and amazing eye for design and photography to our marketing team. Her amazing work can be viewed around The Herb Farm on our POS and website. She has a super cute wee man in her life called Opie and he is an English Staffie pup. You can often find them off on an adventure to the river or park.
Maria White
Sales Assistant
You'll see Maria's friendly face in the shop on a Sunday and Monday. She comes from a beauty background which is very handy. Family is number one to Maria and she spends most of her spare time keeping up with young daughter Isabella.
Jess White
Sales & Marketing Assistant
Jess is the perfect fit for The Herb Farm team as she lives life as naturally as possible. She and her family have been regular users of our products for years and she has some great tricks up her sleeve for natural remedies. You can catch Jess in The Herb Farm shop Tuesday to Saturday.
Aliah Franklyn
Beauty Therapist
Aliah runs our beauty retreat and her treatments are pampering and luxurious. She attended the NZ School of Beauty Therapy and has grown up in the mighty Manawatu.
Amanda Harrison
Sales Assistant
Amanda is also part of our shop team. She has been a loyal Herb Farm customer for many years which means she has great knowledge of our beautiful products. Amanda lives locally and loves the outdoors. You can often catch her lunching in the cafe with friends after doing the Manawatu Gorge walk.
Amanda Lister
Order Dispatch
Originally from Auckland Amanda is now a Manawatu local and is using her dispatch skills to ensure all our customers receive their orders very efficiently!
Kylie Ormsby
Senior Manufacturer
Kylie is a key person in our manufacturing unit and she has a super positive attitude which is so important when it comes to our manufacturing process. We are so pleased to have her as part of the team as The Herb Farm grows.
Rachael Muir
Manufacturing Assistant
Rachael is in the manufacturing department and is a real asset to the team. Nobody can label our products as effectively as her and she keeps our shop and order room stocked up with our beautiful products. She has an awesome can-do attitude and no task is ever too much for her. Rachael is also an amazing baker and with her daughter Emma they are often whipping up amazing creations!
Ashleigh Craw
Manufacturing Assistant
Ashleigh has grown up and still lives right over the road from The Herb Farm and it is great to now have her as part of our manufacturing team. It also means, she never has an excuse for being late. Ashleigh is an avid equestrian fan and has competed for many years in show jumping competitions.
Lizzie Shaw
Manufacturing Assistant
Lizzie is our local on-call help for when manufacturing needs an extra hand! Lizzie has three gorgeous girls and has been making the most of rural Manawatu life in Colyton after moving from England.
Craig Kirkland
We really are a family run business with Craig, Sarah's brother and Lynn's son taking over the maintenance of our gardens. Not only is Craig super handy with the garden, he is also an amazing artist. You can find his illustrations on our kids garden quiz.
Sandra Smeaton
Cafe Manager
Sandra is our Cafe Manager and has many years of hospitality experience behind her. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that customers have a lovely dining experience when they visit us. Sandra has a big family and three gorgeous grandchildren. She loves getting out in her garden on her days off and is known for making the best roast dinners for her family.
Megan Pirret
Megan is our head chef and her food is amazing. She is a breath of fresh air in the kitchen and has a hard-working attitude. She is very experienced and has completed her Level 3 & 4 professional cookery certificate at UCOL. She is very big on gluten free and has many different recipes that have been very well received by our customers.
Erica Turner
Erica obtained her Level 3 Professional Cookery Certificate in 2008 and also works as a cook in our cafe. She is quick around the kitchen and is a real asset to the team. Erica also has a young son Adam and enjoys being able to do what she loves in the kitchen as well as have lot's of her time for her family.
Sarah Woodhouse
Sarah completes our cafe chef team and is a UCOL graduate, gaining her Level 3 & 4 certificate in Professional Cookery. She believes natural is best and loves all aspects of living chemical free. She loves her garden and always included fresh herbs in her home cooking.
Jo Hall
Cafe Assistant
Jo has just returned from her O.E in Europe. She has a strong hospitality background and has been making amazing coffee for many years.
Abi Mitchell
Cafe Assistant
Abi is so local she is literally just around the corner and is always keen to help us out in the cafe on busy weekends. She is a keen tramper and has conquered many of the tracks around the Manawatu.
Jasmine Morris-Brothwell
Cafe Assistant
Brooke Mehlhopt
Cafe Assistant
Brooke is another friendly face you will see around The Herb Farm Cafe on the weekends. She is great with customers and we are happy to have her as part of the team.
Sarah Baillie
Cafe Assistant
Sarah is one another one of our friendly faces that is part of the Cafe team. Sarah is an Ashhurst local too.
Adam Cowan
Photographer & General Handyman
Adam is Sarah's husband and the herb farm photographer. He is a professional photographer and designer and is very talented! He has also done the bulk of the renovations and make-over in our cafe and the new beauty retreat as well. He is very handy to have around to say the least!
Taj & Sia Cowan
The Herb Farm Kids
Taj and Sia are Sarah and Adam's children and the next generation of The Herb Farm story. They love being in the gardens and spending time with their Nonna (Lynn). Taj is the poster baby for our 'baby & me cream'!