Early Winter Permaculture Update

We have just passed the solstice, but winter is only beginning. After a long Indian Summer we have had a few frosts but today – the shortest day of the year – it was 18 degrees. I had an awesome surf and planted garlic. As you do.

Other projects we have going on involve planting trees and engaging children in nature. A Denmark-inspired “forest kindergarten” type programme is running two days each week on the farm. The children spend the entire day outdoors.

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I finally finished their ‘storm shelter’ in case the weather turns while they are down in the valley. It can double as accommodation for our interns or guests in the future.

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But for now it’s all for the kids.

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On another note, we have adopted a 9 year-old ‘retired’ farm dog who is loving his semi-retirement.

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He has a fairly small flock to mind at the moment.

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As far as winter plantings, we are planning to re-establish this wetland by planting about 1,000 native plants.

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We are also protecting against future slips such as this one on the neighbours farm one year ago.

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A group of students from Wanganui Collegiate School came last week for a farm tour and a little hands-on work. This north-facing slope is being planted to manuka for bee fodder.

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We’ve had a little trouble keeping the cows out so we’re resorting to barded wire.

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And on a final note, we have our first olives.

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Peace, Estwing

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