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Kaitiaki Permaculture: 2018 Programme

Tours – Workshops – Events

Autumn 2018 Programme


28th January – PDC presentations & Shared Meal


3rd – 4th March: Farm Weekend. Accommodation & meals also available.

3rd – Workshop Blitz: Backyard Chickens; Organic Gardening Master Class; Innovative cookers and dehydrators. 90 minutes each. $20 each or $50 for all.

4th – Farm Tour: Best Practice Holistic Management. Kaitiaki Farm is an exemplar permaculture farm just outside Whanganui. The tour will cover: market gardening; hot composting; the best tools for farm and garden management; tractoring fowl; water management; building soil fertility; wind breaks; orchard planning; erosion control; slope stabilisation; stock rotation; wetland restoration; alternative energy; and, eco-building. 9 am – 3 pm. Includes lunch. $75 individuals, $120 couples.


25th March – PDC presentations & Shared Meal


* Easter Weekend – How to Build an Affordable Eco Home…Legally. 2 days to be confirmed. $170 individuals; $250 couples. Includes lunches.


22nd April – Chicken Tractors; Growing Great Garlic. 1 hour each. $10 each.


20th May – PDC presentations & Shared Meal


9th June – Garlic Workshop. 1 hour. $10

10th June – Garlic Workshop. 1 hour. $10


Registration: theecoschool at gmail.com

Late Spring Permaculture Update

As we transition from the wet season into the dry season, the importance of water management is clear. We have installed a number of small water management features such as this swale.

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This filled during a 30 mm rain event. The water will feed the pumpkins planted along its length.

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We have also planted a vulnerable hillside with poplar poles seen here with blue protective leaves.

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Meanwhile, here is the neighbouring farm.

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Water management can also be as easy as mulching heavily.

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We’re also having great success tractoring chooks and ducks around the orchard and market gardens.

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Edges tend to be high maintenance so I like to use the birds to do the work.

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Recent signs of spring include pear blossoms.

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I have a real affinity for pear trees.    Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 6.15.38 am

Another sign of the season is Jersusalem artichoke starting to poke through.

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Love this time of year.

Peace, Estwing