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RetroSuburbia Property Tours

These events are free to attend.
Partial funding comes from Whanganui District Council. 

​RetroSuburbia Property Tours
An introduction to permaculture and how it can be used to improve the resilience of suburban properties.
Saturday 25th March at 2:30 pm. 9 Tainui St. Castlecliff. Sandy and windy site.
Monday 10th  April 2:30 pm. 37 Downes Ave. Springvale. Large site
Sunday 16th April at 10:30 am. 6 Plunket. Durie Hill. Clay soil and gully.

Permaculture Productivity

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.

Peace, Estwing

And piglets born this week!

Love Your Land

Love Your Land Day

16th February, 10:00 – 2:30

Kaitiaki Farm, Whanganui

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.

Draft Schedule

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: theecoschool@gmail.com

Read All About It

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:


Peace, Estwing

Kaitiaki Farm Work Study PDC Internship


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.


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

The ECO School

Whanganui, New Zealand


Inquiries: theecoschool at gmail dot com