Miniature farm toys a hit at Fieldays

A Taranaki family have started a business building wooden farm sheds and play houses for children. L-R: Maddi Goodchap ...
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A Taranaki family have started a business building wooden farm sheds and play houses for children. L-R: Maddi Goodchap 7,and Kenzie Goodchap, 5.

The small wooden barn stops children in their tracks at Fieldays.

Grandmothers, kids and parents stop to admire the detailing of the hand-made design.

"Mum, you have to look at this. I want one," demands one little girl.

You can purchase farm barns, milking sheds and horse stables, all made by hand in New Zealand.
CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

You can purchase farm barns, milking sheds and horse stables, all made by hand in New Zealand.

"This looks like our shed!" chimes in a young boy.

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The creators - Cameron and Jackie Goodchap​ - are dairy farmers from Taranaki who started up a side business known as Forever 4 Kidz.

Cameron makes all of the farmhouses, cow sheds, stables and barns by hand. He and Jackie sell them online all over the world. 

Since late last year, he's made hundreds of calf sheds, milking sheds, wooden fences, loading ramps, bird homes, stables and barns. 

The new hobby has kept Cameron so busy the couple have had to hire more hands to help out on the farm.

The first-timers to Fieldays said they can't keep up with demand.

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"It's been pretty massive for us here," Cameron said. "It's going really well - we've had heaps of orders."

"We ran out of business cards and had to quickly go and get some more," Jackie added.

It started with a one Cameron built for their daughters. 

Ava, 8, Maddi, 7, Kenzie, 5, and Milla, 4, love playing with the different farming layouts.   

"We thought we would make one more, so we put it on Facebook and see if we could make some money from it and it hasn't stopped since."

The sets range from $20 to $400, with options to customise. 

"We make about 20 a day, but sometimes more, depending on the orders," Cameron said.

"Lots [of orders] from the South Island, sent one to Australia, and one person took one back to England."

You can also purchase farm animals through the Goodchaps, including, cows, dogs and horses. 

Jackie said the market varies - boys want the farm sheds and girls are more interested in the stables. 

"But it depends. A mum came in before and said her daughter would buy a horse stable, and she said, no, I want a cow shed!"

 

 

 - Stuff

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