The Team

Matt Morris

Matt Morris – Founder

Matt has a long-standing interest in local organic food and voluntary simplicity. He has been a leader in the organic food movement locally and nationally since the late 1990s. After the Christchurch Earthquakes Matt was inspired by the local food resilience movement to found The Urban Monk in 2014 as a social enterprise that gives back value to the local food system. He’s also a writer and recently published Common Ground: Garden Histories of Aotearoa through Otago University Press.

Michael Groufsky 

Michael Groufsky – Kraut-maker
Michael is in charge of making all our krauts.

With a background of amateur fermenting, Michael makes the weekly pilgrimage to South New Brighton. Here, among the fruit trees and hop vines of the Urban Monastery he spends the day chopping vegetables and filling jars, before biking back along the Estuary and Ōtākaro-Avon River to the city.