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Programmes @ Kaitiaki Farm

Tentative 2022 Programme

Given uncertain times we are publishing a tentative schedule with regular updates to follow.

Forest Educator Training 10th-14th January 2022

5-Day Forest Educator CourseWhanganui, January 2022Kaiako i te Taiao – Te Kaupae TuatahiForest Educator Course -Level OneJoin us at our forest school farm property for five days while immersing yourself in the theory and practice of forest schooling. You will leave feeling inspired and invigorated by practical lessons, thoughtful conversations, and good food. Experts in mātauranga māori, bushcraft, outdoor safety, and education will share knowledge guided by lead instructor Dani Lebo. Take the next step in your learning. Turn your classroom into your dream job.

Family Camp – 22nd-24th January 2022

Family fun and learning on a thriving organic farm.

Spaces limited.

Family Camp – 5th-7th February 2022

Family fun and learning on a thriving organic farm.

Spaces limited.

The Resilient Farm Tour 13th February 2022, 1-5 PM

This farm tour covers the essentials of designing and managing a resilient rural property in New Zealand. $60 per person. Couples $100.

Kaitiaki Farm Weekend 5th-6th March 2022

This programme covers all aspects of a permaculture property: Zones 0 through 5: House; gardens; orchards; animals small and large; managed tree lots; bush and wetland restoration.

Saturday 1 pm through Sunday 4 pm with all meals included. $160 per person. Couples $290. Accommodation $30 per person.

Tutors: Dani and Nelson Lebo are leaders in New Zealand’s permaculture movement. They are recognised experts in their respective fields of outdoor education, ecological design/management, and home design and renovation.

Contact: theecoschool@gmail.com

Abundance @ Kaitiaki Farm

We are into a spectacular spring with the entire farm thriving: goats, pigs, garlic beds, vege gardens, the orchards, olives, avocados, native plantings, etc. A combination of rain in October and sun in November has set photosynthesis to full throttle. Below are some images of the thriving kai and landscapes here on Kaitiaki Farm.

Garlic
Avocados
Piglets
Planting Olives in 2017 (Before)
Olive Trees in 2021 (After)
Wetland in 2016 (Before)
Wetland in 2021 (After)
Cuddling a newborn goat
Goat’s Milk

We can hardly keep up with the milking and cheese-making.

Fried Halloumi

Tomatoes and Corgettes in the Ground
Duckling Season
Strawberry Bed
Feijoas in Flower
Avocado Orchard with Tagasaste Nurse Trees

Amazing how working with nature instead of against it give such amazing results!

Peace, Estwing

2022 Permaculture Calendar

2022 Permaculture Calendars for sale

Calendars are $18 post paid and two for $30.

Proceeds go to wetland restoration.

Orders: theecoschool@gmail.com

Filled with inspiring images that can change the way you see the world. Practical examples of each of the 12 permaculture design principles showcase photo contributions from the broader permaculture community.

Daily moon planting icons can help you get more organised by observing the rhythms and patterns of the lunar cycles, no matter where you are in the world, supporting regular planting routines.

Produced using vegetable based inks on post-consumer recycled paper. 100% of profits donated to permaculture projects internationally.

Climate Resilience PDC Internship

Immerse yourself in eco-design for climate resilience on a thriving permaculture farm outside of Whanganui. We take a systems approach to managing the farm holistically to maximise carbon sequestration and minimise carbon emissions.

This PDC focuses on ecological land management, regenerative agriculture, water management, eco-housing – both building and retrofit, appropriate technology, human-scale approaches and transport along with the full PDC curriculum.

5th January 2022 – 8 WEEKS WITH A WEEK OFF IN THE MIDDLE. ($700) 

From a recent intern: “I’ve just completed my 2 month PDC at the Eco School and have had an absolutely sensational time. If you want to learn how to become a permaculture home-steader FOR REAL, skip the two weeks of PowerPoint presentations offered elsewhere, and come get fully immersed in the lifestyle. Dani and Nelson have got the art of sustainable living down pat, and both are an absolute gold-mine of knowledge to be tapped. I left knowing how to do everything from preparing and planting garden beds; to raising livestock; milking and cheese-making; harvesting and preserving; butchering, baking (no candle-stick making…); DIY and carpentry. Essentially, we covered in incredible depth the art and science of ecology and land regeneration, as well as all the principles of design and analysis vital to making permaculture work properly. It was like being back at uni, except this time I was learning something useful (and deeply fascinating).”  – Harry

David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia

RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

This 592 page manual shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and, above all, themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient into an uncertain future. It promises a challenging but exciting mix of satisfying work, a more meaningful way of living and hope for the next generation.

RetroSuburbia is divided into three main sections: the Built, the Biological and the Behavioural along with the introductory section ‘Setting the scene’.

NZ $89 + $9.60 parcel post tracked.

Orders: theecoschool@gmail.com

2022 Permaculture Calendars for sale

Calendars are $18 post paid and two for $30.Proceeds go to wetland restoration.Orders: theecoschool@gmail.com

Peace, Estwing

Kaitiaki Farm Work Study PDC Internship

 

Earn your Permaculture Design Certificate while working on a premier permaculture demonstration farm in New Zealand.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More details here: http://www.theecoschool.net/workstudy-permaculture-design-certificate.html

The ECO School

Whanganui, New Zealand

 

Inquiries: theecoschool at gmail dot com

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