Upcoming Events & Workshops
17th January - Reading the Landscape
Join us for a relaxed walk through the farm 'reading' what the land is telling us about soil, water and past events. How can this knowledge help us make the most of restoration efforts? 4-5:30pm bring boots and appropriate clothing. $20
14th February - Goats 101
Goat curious? This hands-on workshop explains what we have learned about keeping goats and the land healthy and productive. Includes diet, trimming hooves, worm management and milking. 2:30-4:30 pm includes milking and clipping hooves. $30
21st March - The Affordable Eco Home
This workshop explains the best strategies and materials for a low-cost and high performance home. 1:30-5:30pm includes afternoon tea. $70
18th April - Building Garden Beds & Hot Composting
Less effort for a better result: this hands-on workshop explains how to build and manage low-maintenance weed-free vegetable beds, as well as a simple method for hot composting. 3-4:30pm come prepared to get dirty. $20
April 19-23 - 5-Day Nature Educator Certificate
First of its kind in Aotearoa. See details here.
24th April - The Resilient Farm Tour
Extremes of climate put pressure on farmers worldwide. This tour explains some steps we've taken to 'climate proof' our farm over the last seven years and the amazing results. 1-5pm. $65
26th April: Permaculture ‘Show & Tell’
We’ve put together a list of some of the core components of a permaculture property and arranged a ‘Show & Tell’ walking tour. Topics include: potting bench and plant nursery; vertical growing & small spaces; best tools (stirrup hoe; broad fork; scythe); hot composting; tree lucerne (Tagasaste); chicken tractors; browsing goats; outdoor kitchen including solar cooking, rocket stoves, and solar dehydrator. There will also be a discussion of our diverse income streams.
2-5 pm. $50
16th May - Growing Great Garlic
We have been growing amazing organic garlic for two decades. This workshop explains how to ensure a great crop. 3-4:30pm with a free build of seed garlic and small bag of compost. $25
13th June: Sorting Through the Double Glazing Options
What are the pros and cons of each approach to double glazing and which is best for you? Don’t waste your money on the wrong options! This workshop is a must for anyone considering upgrading their windows and doors.
3-4:30 pm. $25
19th July: Eco-Thrifty Retrofit
What are the first and best investments to make to a home to improve comfort and health? This house tour identifies the ‘low-hanging fruit’ which provide the best return on investment as well as warn against wasting money on expensive marginally effective products.
5:30-7:30 pm. $40
6th-12th September: Festival of Adult Learning
Gardening, Fruit Tree Care, Composting, Bicycle Repair, and Healthy Home Workshops TBC
11th-12th September: 9th Annual Whanganui Permaculture Weekend
Farm Tour & Workshops including:
Permaculture ‘Show & Tell’
We’ve put together a list of some of the core components of a permaculture property and arranged a ‘Show & Tell’ walking tour. Topics include: no-dig gardening; potting bench and plant nursery; vertical growing & small spaces; preventing pests and diseases in fruit trees; best tools and how to use them (stirrup hoe; broad fork; scythe); hot composting; tree lucerne (Tagasaste); chicken tractors; browsing goats; creative reuse in building; outdoor kitchen including solar cooking, rocket stoves, and solar dehydrator. There will also be a discussion of our diverse income streams.
$50 or couples for $80.
RetroSuburbia: A Whanganui Case Study
What are the best strategies to renovate an old home and an old section? This workshop covers the do’s and don’ts for home renovations as well as edible ‘foodscaping’ on suburban sections.
$40 or couples for $70
Design & Build for High Performance Buildings.
This hands-on workshop will focus on the Five ‘Must Haves’ for building energy efficient new homes or cosy sleep-outs.
$40 or couples for $70
Minimum numbers required for workshops to run.
Registration and non-refundable deposit essential.
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