Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate on one of New Zealand’s best permaculture farms.
Our programme is unique in the world of permaculture in that it combines best practice teaching and learning along with best practice regenerative land management.
The programme balances content, process and reflection, while nurturing systems thinking skills. It’s about developing a way of thinking that recognizes the connections between diverse elements on the farm and how they interact, along with the hands-on skills required to work effectively with cultivated ecologies.
3RD JANUARY, 2023 – 8 WEEKS WITH A WEEK OFF IN THE MIDDLE. $850 CLIMATE RESILIENCE PDC IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ECO-DESIGN FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE – WORKING WITH NATURE INSTEAD OF AGAINST IT. THIS PDC FOCUSES ON ECOLOGICAL LAND MANAGEMENT, REGENERATIVE FARMING, WATER MANAGEMENT, ECO HOUSING, APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY, HUMAN-SCALE APPROACHES,AND TRANSPORT ALONG WITH THE FULL PDC CURRICULUM.
7TH MARCH, 2023 – 8 WEEKS WITH A WEEK OFF IN THE MIDDLE. $850 ABUNDANCE PDC AUTUMN IS A GREAT TIME TO BE ON THE FARM WITH HEAPS OF FRESH KAI FROM THE ORCHARD, GARDENS AND ANIMALS. THIS PDC FOCUSES ON GROWING, PROCESSING AND PRESERVING KAI ALONG WITH ANIMAL CARE, BUSH RESTORATION, AND SOME ECO-BUILDING PROJECTS.
We’re excited to be working with Horizons Regional Council and the Whanganui Learning Centre to develop a programme based around community climate resilience in the areas of whare, whenua, and whanau.
These events are free for residents of the Horizons region. Partial funding comes from Horizons Regional Council. Spaces limited. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org Stormwater without the Mansplaining 24th August, 5:30-7:30 pm Whanganui Learning Centre, 232 Wicksteed St. Masks Required. Do you have a damp home? Occasional flooding on your section? Pooling under your home? This programme explains the ins and outs of stormwater and the various factors effecting it, as well as how it impacts on individual households and how residents can address it affordably and effectively.
Managing Marginal Land in/for Winter August 28, 2-4 pm. Registration essential. We’ve spent the last 8 years managing our land for too much and too little water. It’s in great shape and we’re opening the farm gate for a tour.
Holistic Land Management– Tour October 16th, 9:30 – 12:30 am. Registration essential. Farm Tour of Paddocks and Hillsides, Non-Intensive Orchards, Stream Restoration, Bush Restoration, and Browse Block (Permaculture Zones 3-5). Includes water management, preventing slips, managing gorse, silvopasture, integrating poplar and willow, managing goats and kunekune pigs.
Climate Camp for Teens 29-30 October Kaitiaki Farm, Okoia, Whanganui Open to teens from the entire Horizons Region. Supporting and empowering teens in the face of increasing extreme weather events caused by human-induced climate change.
Family Climate Fair 13 November, 1-3 pm. Whanganui Intermediate School Hall Empowering families to support one another to embrace more sustainable and resilient lifestyles. Activities, information tables, kai, speakers, group discussions, bike repair, games, toy & clothing swap, creating a bulk buying network & more
Family meet-up: Kowhai Park Fun & Games December 10th, 12 – 3 pm A relaxed family-friendly alternative to the “silly season.” Bring an example of a low-waste lunch. Bike repair tools will be on site. Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave January 18th, 5:30-7:30 Whanganui Learning Centre, 232 Wicksteed St. Too hot to sleep? We’ll share some ideas on how to keep your home as cool as possible without breaking the bank.
Family meet-up: Bike to the Beach January TBD Two-wheeled hikoi from the city bridge to Castlecliff Beach supporting families embracing bicycling as a form of transportation. Then a big play day in the sand!
Family meet-up February TBD Love Your Land Day 16 February, 10 – 2:30. Registration essential. Come along for a farm tour and speakers. BYO Lunch. Topics include: holistic land management; regenerative agriculture; riparian corridors; bush restoration; growing browse for stock; carbon credits; more
The Low-Carbon – High Efficiency – Affordable Home February TBD. Registration essential. This workshop helps demystify the home-building process for climate resilience and affordability. Topics include passive solar design, super-insulation, high performance windows, and where to claw back cost savings.
Building Resilience on Your Land April TBD. Registration essential.
Healthy Homes for Healthcare & Social Workers April/May TBC Whanganui Regional Health Network This programme helps healthcare and social workers to empower families improve the health and comfort of their homes. Register with Angela Weekly at the Whanganui Regional Health Network.
We’ve been practicing a form of permaculture we call “Eco-Thrifty” at our two homes in Whanganui for well over a decade. When we started our first blog in 2010 we thought the idea would catch on. It didn’t.
Twelve years later we are still at it and are reaping the harvests of avoiding the inevitable price rises in food and energy. Despite heading into winter and some seriously crazy weather, our farm is thriving and producing plenty of healthy kai while resisting the ravages of climate change.
Over the last few years I’ve been blogging less and writing for publication more. Below are some of those articles about our holistic approach for farming and home renovation that are available online:
Saturday afternoon: Farm Tour of Gardens, Intensive Orchards, & Farm Buildings (Permaculture Zones 1-2). Includes integrating farm foul into fruit & veg production and what are the best tools to use for low-input/high performance systems.
Sunday morning: Farm Tour of Paddocks and Hillsides, Non-Intensive Orchards, Stream Restoration, Bush Restoration, and Browse Block (Permaculture Zones 3-5). Includes water management, preventing slips, managing gorse, silvopasture, integrating poplar and willow, managing goats and kunekune pigs.
Sunday afternoon: Eco Design/Build for Sleep Outs, Tiny Homes, Minor Dwellings. Includes passive solar design, ‘super-wall’, retrofit double-glazing, building code changes, wastewater compliance, compost toilets.
Choose any combination: $50 each or $130 for all. (Couples $240)
Meals and accommodation also available – please enquire.
Practicing regenerative agriculture on the farm for the past seven years we’ve seen remarkable improvement in soil life, plants and animals. Biology is so powerful if we start by doing less harm than good. The key is working with nature instead of against it.
Here is a poplar that got blown over in the wind about two months ago. Instead of cutting the stump with a chainsaw I left it because I knew it would recover. It just started re-sprouting this week.
Here is a mushroom growing out of an old snapped limb of this birch tree.
The wetlands and riparian corridor have made huge advances since we fenced out stock and planted 2,000 natives.
The culvert is a weak link along our stream so we’ve reinforced it with biology – much stronger than concrete and steel!
Every morning it’s so exciting to get up and see what else is growing on the farm!