The growing season here on Kaitiaki Farm has been fantastic so far. Plenty of rain and plenty of sunshine have resulted in abundant yields in the orchards, paddocks and gardens.
At the moment we’re flush with plums, goat’s milk, avocados, zucchinis, green beans , silverbeet, and eggs among other things. We’ve been busy preserving plums, making cheese, and freezing green beans.
We’ve got a great group of permaculture interns helping with all this and enjoying the fresh, healthy kai.
*One note, however, our garlic season was a bit ordinary because of a fungal disease on the leaves.
We’re also looking forward to forthcoming abundance in basil, potatoes, pumpkins, chokos, peaches, apples, feijoas, pears, persimmons and citrus.
Join us for a tour of restoration projects along with speakers on water quality, sustainable land management, and regenerative agriculture.
Kaitiaki Farm hosts a wide variety of landforms, site conditions and micro-climates within its 5.1 hectares. Holistic, integrated, and regenerative approaches are applied across the challenging landscape alongside extensive wetland, riparian and bush restoration work.
Phill Hodges is Horizons land management advisor for the lower Whanganui region. The land management team works with landowners to aid with the mitigation of hill country erosion and sedimentation in waterways. We achieve these results through our Sustainable Land Use Initiative (SLUI) program, assisting with space planting of poplars, retirement of land and afforestation.
Scotty Moore is the Horizons Freshwater Coordinator for the Jobs for Nature Stream Fencing and Riparian Planting programme and is based in Whanganui. The Horizons Freshwater team work with landowners, farmers, iwi, hapū, trusts and community groups to improve water quality and native fish habitat in Aotearoa waterways and wetlands primarily through stream fencing and riparian planting grants.
Richard Pedley is a research student at Massey University studying if spiders are suitable biological indicators of soil health in the context of New Zealand pastoral farms. In particular, if spider diversity demonstrates a sensitivity to the impact of grazing practices associated with regenerative farming on soil health.
Coffee and Tea Provided. Please BYO lunch.
Notes for attendees:
Requires walking up and down hills.
Dress for the conditions, including sun hat.
Bring a water bottle.
10-10:30 Arrival and Morning Tea
10:30 Welcome & Safety Briefing
1045-12 Session 1
12-1 Lunch – BYO
1-215 Session 2
215 Thanks & Farewell
Free to attend. Registration essential: email@example.com
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
Family meet-up: Bike, Bus to the Beach January 7th, 11:00-3:00 Two-wheeled hikoi from the city bridge to Castlecliff Beach, or take the bus from Trafalgar Square. Then a big play day in the sand! (Bus leaves Trafalgar Square at 11:45 and leaves Castlecliff at 3:00.)
The Low-Carbon – High Efficiency – Affordable Home January 15th, 2:00-4:00. 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. Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave January 18th, 5:30-7:00 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 January 22nd, 12:30-2:00
Meet at the Silver Ball sculpture on the riverbank.
Join us for a fun walk around the Great Whanganui Play Trail. Feel free to stay later for a dance party at the Riverside Shindig event.
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
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.
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:
Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate while working on a premier permaculture demonstration farm in New Zealand.
Our work study internship programme is unique in the world of permaculture education in that it combines best practice teaching and learning 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 in four dimensions (over time), along with the hands-on skills required to work effectively with cultivated ecologies.
Kaitiaki Farm is an exemplar permaculture property that is blessed with a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions. The 5.1 hectare (13 acre) property is located 4 km outside of Whanganui with a population of 43,000.
Along with holistic land management we also embrace appropriate technology, renewable energy and human-scale solutions.
Many of our interns come with low or no rural skills. Motivation, a love of learning, and a strong work ethic are the most important elements for success at Kaitiaki.
We spend a lot of time teaching and talking. This slows down our work but makes the internship what it is – an endless series of ‘teachable moments’. It is also the best way to earn a PDC. This type of learning experience is extremely rare anywhere in the world and would not come from a book or standard PDC course. That said, we have a huge library of great books and lots of connections locally and nationwide of practicing permaculturists.
Interns work three-ish full-ish days and two half days per week, with two days off.