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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:

https://www.buildmagazine.org.nz/articles/show/from-tent-to-toasty-home

Peace, Estwing

Kaitiaki Farm Weekend

Kaitiaki Farm Weekend

October 15-16

Saturday afternoon: Farm Tour of Gardens, Intensive Orchards, & Farm Buildings (Permaculture Zones 1-2). Includes integrating farm foul into fruit & veg production and what are the best tools to use for low-input/high performance systems.

Sunday morning: Farm Tour of Paddocks and Hillsides, Non-Intensive Orchards, Stream Restoration, Bush Restoration, and Browse Block (Permaculture Zones 3-5). Includes water management, preventing slips, managing gorse, integrating poplar and willow, managing goats and kunekune pigs.

Sunday afternoon: Eco Design/Build for Sleep Outs, Tiny Homes, Minor Dwellings. Includes passive solar design, ‘super-wall’, retrofit double-glazing, building code changes, wastewater compliance, compost toilets.

Choose any combination: $50 each or $130 for all. (Couples $240)

Meals and accommodation also available – please enquire.

Register: theecoschool@gmail.com

Autumn Abundance!

The farm is thriving with fruit and vegetables at the moment – we can’t even keep up with it all. The gardens have been going great all summer and now the autumn fruits are ripening in the orchards.

The plums and peaches are past us at this point. We’ve been picking lots of apples. These ones – called akane – are naturally disease resistant and have a great taste.

Pears have done well also.

There are too many figs to pick let alone eat. In the foreground are guavas not yet ripe.

And grapes! So many grapes!

Feijoas will be the next crop and it looks like a massive one. Alongside them will be persimmons – YUM!

Olives will be ready in winter along with most of the citrus.

And avos will be ready in spring.

Update: Persimmons nearly ready at the end of April!

Update: Our loquats are flowering for the first time! Loquat is quite unusual in that it flowers in the autumn instead of in the spring. The fruits are usually ready in December.

And these cool purple capsicums.

Peace, Estwing

Programmes @ Kaitiaki Farm

2022 Workshop Schedule

Best Options for Home Renovation
22nd May, 1 – 4. $50
This workshop covers the most cost effective choices to manage moisture and warmth in NZ homes. Topics include: glazing options; insulation levels; appropriate ventilation; subfloor moisture; best curtains and blinds; heating and cooling; moving warmth around a home. 

Building Garden Beds Workshop

June 12th, 2-3. $15

Work smarter not harder making and maintaining fabulous no-dig garden beds. 

Growing Garlic Workshop.

June 12th, 3-4 pm. $20 (Comes with a bulb of seed garlic)

Learn a time-tested method for growing amazing garlic from a true vampire slayer. 

Best Options for Home Renovation
July 3rd, 1 – 4. $50
This workshop covers the most cost effective choices to manage moisture and warmth in NZ homes. Topics include: glazing options; insulation levels; appropriate ventilation; subfloor moisture; best curtains and blinds; heating and cooling; moving warmth around a home. 

Hands-On with Poplar Poles

July 10th, 1-3 pm. $20

Get familiar with poplar poles. Hands-on workshop planting poplar poles to reduce erosion on hillsides and build a more climate-resilient property.

Hands-On with Gorse

July 17th, 1-3 pm. $20

Hands-on workshop on strategies for thoughtfully managing gorse.

Kaitiaki Farm Weekend

October 15-16

Saturday afternoon: Farm Tour of Gardens, Intensive Orchards, & Farm Buildings (Permaculture Zones 1-2). Includes integrating farm foul into fruit & veg production and what are the best tools to use for low-input/high performance systems.

Sunday morning: Farm Tour of Paddocks and Hillsides, Non-Intensive Orchards, Stream Restoration, Bush Restoration, and Browse Block (Permaculture Zones 3-5). Includes water management, preventing slips, managing gorse, integrating poplar and willow, managing goats and kunekune pigs.

Sunday afternoon: Eco Design/Build for Sleep Outs, Tiny Homes, Minor Dwellings. Includes passive solar design, ‘super-wall’, retrofit double-glazing, building code changes, wastewater compliance, compost toilets.

Choose any combination: $50 each or $130 for all. (Couples $240)

Meals and accommodation also available – please enquire.

Register: theecoschool@gmail.com

Permaculture Design Certificate Internship

11th October, 8 weeks.

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

Building Your Building Skills

November TBD

Permaculture Design Certificate

January, 2023, Dates TBD

Register: theecoschool@gmail.com

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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