“If you build it, they will come.” That’s the story behind the Whanganui Permaculture Weekend – a grass roots, dirt-under-your-fingernails, no nonsense event for anyone serious about realistic solutions for a troubled world. This is one place that Whanganui punches above it’s weight – we have some of the best permaculturists and educators in the nation.
The 5th annual event features at least four workshops lead by Whanganui locals who are the top of their field in New Zealand. Yet despite this expertise we offer all the programmes at affordable rates so that anyone can participate. This is most likely the best value weekend of learning you’ll find anywhere in the country.
And we’re doing our best to make the event child-friendly this year, with a number of great workshops focused on children, including Rope Making and Rourou Making, Outdoor Classrooms, and an up-close-with-farm-animals BBQ on Saturday night.
Please see the nearly-complete draft schedule below.
Permaculture Weekend 2017
Saturday, 9th Sept.
9-12 Tools for a Resilient Household: permaculture calendars, broad forks, solar ovens, rocket stoves, permaculture books, and stirrup hoes. REBS Stall, River Market
9:30-11:00 Tour of wetland and hillsides post slips. Mount St. Joseph. Noelene Landrigan
11-1 Rope Making and Rourou Making, Tracey Young, River Market. Donation
11:30 – 12:30 UCOL courses: Bee Keeping and Organic Gardening. Richard Pedley, Jake Schultz. UCOL Complex, Taupo Quay. Free
1-4 (TBC) “Intro to the Community Game” Laurence Boomert. TBD
1:30-3:30 Suburban Permaculture Property Tour. 106 Matai St. Phil Holden. By Donation.
2-3 Backyard Chickens. Cyd Welsh & Nelson Lebo $10
3-4 DIY Chicken Tractors Kits. Flat packs for sale – $70
4-5 pm Hot Composting for Serious Gardeners. Nelson Lebo. Free
5:30-7:00 pm Shared Meal BBQ. Kaitiaki Farm
Overnight accommodation available
Sunday, 10th Sept.
9:30 – 12:30 Kaitiaki Farm Tour. Nelson Lebo. $25
1-4 Fruit Tree and Vine Care. Murray Jones. $20
1:30-3:30 Outdoor Classrooms for Children. Dani Lebo. By Donation
2-4 Seed Swap. Whanganui Seed Savers. By Donation
3:30 – 5:00 Tree Planting. Kaitiaki Farm. Free