The 7th Annual Whanganui Permaculture Weekend is scheduled for 7th-8th September, following as usual the Festival of Adult Learning (formerly Adult Learner’s Week). Thanks to Adult and Community Education Aotearoa (ACE) we’re able to offer a full week of events for the community in addition to Permaculture Weekend.
Workshops, presentations and tours to include: Small backyard gardens; Basic care for fruit trees; Cheese Making; Reducing plastic waste at home; Renter’s rights and responsibilities; Ensuring a healthy rental property (for landlords); Permaculture Farm Tour; Heritage Seed Swap; Building weed-free garden beds; Forest schooling for children; and more events to be posted soon.
Saturday 7th September
9:00 – 1:00 River Traders Market: Whanganui’s Saturday Market
Whanganui’s Local Currency: The River Exchange and Barter System (REBS) has been operating in Whanganui for nearly 30 years and has had a stall at the Saturday market for over a decade. Come to the stall and learn more!
Flax Weaving with Tracey Young. Details Pending
1:00 – 3:00 Cheese Making: 30-Minute Mozzarella.
Bronwynne Dowson Anderson
2:00 – 4:00 Caring for Fruit Trees
Learn the basic nutritional requirements of fruit trees, how to prune and train for healthier and more productive trees and basic tool use/maintenance. The workshop will culminate in pruning a tree together to put that theory into practice. $20
Sam Moore. 74A Wakefield Street, Whanganui East
4:30 – 5:30 Building & Maintaining Weed-Free Garden Beds
Kaitiaki Farm, Whanganui. $10.
6:00 – 7:30 Shared Meal
Kaitiaki Farm, Whanganui. Bring a plate to share.
Sunday 8th September
9:00 – 12:00 Farm Tour: Diversity and Complimentary Systems
We manage a diverse 5 hectare farm integrating plants and animals to maximise benefits for land protection, food production and biodiversity. The property is unique in that it contains many distinct micro-climates within a relatively small area, and that we have been able to establish all five permaculture zones in less than half a decade. Kaitiaki is a model permaculture farm that serves as an outstanding learning place.
Kaitiaki Farm, Whanganui. $45. Couples $75.
12:00-1:30 The Alternative Lunch
Learn about solar cookers and rocket stoves (and the world’s best solar dehydrator) while enjoying a delicious lunch using the ones we use regularly here on the farm. These tools are great for reducing energy use, saving money and resilience to power failures.
Kaitiaki Farm, Whanganui. $20.
2-4 PM Annual Heirloom Seed Swap!
This is a chance to meet other Whanganui gardeners and to swap surplus heirloom and open pollinated seed that you have bought or saved. It will be a relaxed, friendly gathering with a cup of tea to follow. If you have seedlings or plants you would like to share please bring these along too. You don’t need to have seed to share in order to partake.
Bring: Details of your seeds such as a description, variety, date saved/use by date and any other notes you would like to share.
A pen and envelopes to take seed home in.
Whanganui Heritage Seed Savers
Quaker Meeting House, 256 Wicksteed Street.