I have been running Korito Education in Taranaki since 2004, educating as many people as possible to become as self-sufficient as they can in their gardens in as little time as possible.
This is done through evening classes held in New Plymouth starting every August. The classes are heavily subsidised and as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or resident then they cost around $400 for the 10 month course. Students completing the course attain an NCEA Level 3 or 4 qualification.
I run day, and half day workshops on the property which are not tied to a qualification on a huge range of practical gardening subjects – building lasagne beds, composting, worm farming, building a chook dome, liquid fertilisers, natural garden sprays etc. I also teach 2 and 3 hour workshops on behalf of Sustainable Taranaki Workshops – www.sustainabletaranaki.org.nz and workshops for some of the regional gardens around Taranaki such as Hollard Gardens, Tupare and Pukeiti.
I also run various weekend permaculture courses – Introduction to Permaculture, Urban Permaculture, Starting a Food Forest.
Workshops are based at 28a Trafalgar Street, New Plymouth, which is a one acre food forest and organic garden in the heart of Westown.