Shannon Wright

Founder and Director

Backyard Jem was born after many years of Shannon personal growth and wanting to improve the health and wellbeing of her family, the environment and helping to solve the health issues present in our society today.


Shannon's Foundational Values:

Envisioning - we are not afraid to push boundaries, question the status quo and never settle in our pursuit to create a better future. Our approach is creation, innovation and invention. 

Love - We treat each other with care, kindness and love. We deeply care about our team, partners and customers.

Well-being/Transformation - We believe that your personal growth should be the most important thing in your life. We believe in supporting individuals to transform into their best version. This holds true for our customers, partners and our team. 

Unity - A better future together through our veggies, environment and each human we connect with. Seeing similarities over differences and embracing us all as a whole. 

Shannon and her family live on their 5 acre farm in the Waikato, where they live what they teach. They a have set up a working model of a profitable small scale market garden and a food forest using an established orchard. 

Shannon’s passion is teaching and showing people how to have a harmonious integration of society and nature. Shannon then followed this passion on to complete a permaculture design course with the Koanga Institute and a 4-day hands on workshop run by Curtis Stone from the Urban Farmer and Jodi Roebuck from Roebuck Farm. This helped her visualise her values and ethics to see Backyard Jem come to fruition.


We wish to create a healthy productive and meaningful lifestyle for our family. We are aiming to be active community members by being able to provide healthy food responsibly grown for health and wellness of all. We are well on our way to becoming very good growers, in order to teach others how to do this. We want abundance and happiness in our daily lives. A farm that works for us and not the other way around. We hope our nutrient dense food lifestyle will have a positive impact for those around us through knowledge and empowerment on how to achieve this.

“I just became more aware and mindful with my actions, thoughts and decisions. I started with small changes, removed or made them stick and kept adding to fit in with life.” - Shannon Wright

Our hearts define
What our minds believe


Growing food consciously ensures everyone has
access to nutrient dense food.

We are what we eat,
when we choose nutrient dense food,
we choose to eat right, feel great,
achieve better health,
physically, mentally and emotionally.

We want to use our knowledge, experience and passion to empower society to know how to grow their own nutrient dense food,
right in their own backyard.

Create community through foods.

© 2017 Backyard Jem.