Food, Farms and Freshwater


Food, Farms and Freshwater (3F) is developing a market solution to financially support and reward New Zealand farmers for meeting ‘swimmable and fishable’ quality standards.


Rhys Millar
Natasha Garvan
Sharon Barton
Mike Barton

Rhys (an environmental planner) and Natasha (a resource management lawyer) were introduced by mutual friends and colleagues who thought they should work together to work on an idea they had both come up with to improve New Zealand’s water quality. The team has expanded to include Sharon and Mike Barton, who farm land in Taupō and won the Supreme Award at the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards and won the NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand at the 2015 Sustainable Business Network Awards, plus the Restorative Impact award, for their Taupō Beef venture.


Natasha and Rhys are based in Auckland and Dunedin, respectively. The Bartons are based in Taupō.

Find out more

Taupō Beef wins SBN 2015 supreme award

The Bartons on TVNZ’s Country Calendar

New Zealand Herald profile of 3F in Launchpad