Courses

 INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Learn all about permaculture design which is designing your garden space so that you spend less time working to maintain the garden, and more time harvesting and enjoying your garden.

 Ethics and Principles

  • Earth care, People care and Fair share are the ethics – how can we fit these into our design
  • The 12 permaculture principles are the basis of how we design, covering areas such as cycling waste, producing food, creating biodiversity, using nature to help us design.

 Element analysis

  • Each plant, tree, structure, animal, bird, in the garden design should be analysed for its inputs and outputs and what it brings to the design to see where it should be placed

 Multiple functions of elements

  • Each element of the design should be positioned to perform a range of functions, not just one, and each function should be supported by many elements

 Relative Location of design elements

  • Placing elements of design in the final garden plan so that it functions well and is in the right place in the plan.

 Zones and habitats

  • Zones are usually listed 1-5, with zone 1 being the closest to the house.  The zone in which a piece of land falls is a measure of how much human attention it receives

 Sector analysis

  • Look at the external energies that come onto your site, such as Winter and Summer sun angles, winds, views, water sources, frost. We have to identify all of the sectors before we can start our planning

 Low maintenance structures

  • Finding solutions to cut down on unnecessary time in the garden, so that it is easy to maintain without additional weeding and maintenance, and may include hard landscaping and planting

 Water in the landscape

  • Greywater and how to use effectively in the landscape.  How to use water sources on property and create additional ones.  What to grow in and around water

 Social permaculture

  • How we fit into our community, and how we can use the ethic – People share to get more involved in our community eg through opening our gardens, crop swap, working bees etc.

 Putting together elements of a design

  • Bringing all of the learning over the weekend together to create a permaculture garden desigN

-  2 day weekend course – 11-12 November 2017. Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.  Places are
    limited to 15. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.

-   Practical and theory sessions based on an urban permaculture property in New Plymouth.

-   To book a place on the course, contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or derinatur@hotmail.com

 

FOOD FOREST – PLANNING AND PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Learn how food forests work – how they can be designed, planned and maintained, and the sort of plants that can be put into them to make the food forest look after itself after a few years and give you very little work for a lot of return in food nutrition.  The course covers the following:

 A Food Forest – what is it and why do I need it?

  • A layered food systems with plants at different heights – canopy layer, shrub layer and perennial/ground cover layer – a way to grow perennial food with little maintenance.

 Products of a food forest

  • —Fruits, vegetables, salad crops, herbs, nuts, seeds, spices, firewood, mushrooms on logs, medicine, honey, sap, poles, canes, tying materials, basketry.

 Key features – 7 layers of a food forest

  • —  Vertical Layers, Medium to large canopy, small trees, bush fruit and nitrogen fixers, climbers, root crops, ground cover

Planting for fertility

  • Planting species that will nurse your productive plants and feed them potassium and nitrogen.

 Site analysis

  • Sun angles, sectors, shelter, water and soil

 Ground preparation, planning and maintenance

  • — Start as you would plan out an orchard, but timing is important, as is weed control and fertilizing

 Plant propagation

  • —  Learn to propagate the trees, shrubs, roots, groundcovers you will need to grown your food forest

 Timing of planting and designing the layers

  • —  Learn when to plant the different layers that you have designed

 Identifying site specific plants

  • —  Find the microclimates on your property and identify what can be planted there

 Using design tools

  • —  Use a range of tools to help you realise your design

 Completing a design

  • —  Get your food forest design down on paper

 -   2 day weekend course – 9-10 December 2017. Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.  Places are
limited to 15. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea. 

 -   Practical and theory sessions based on an urban permaculture property in New Plymouth which has a fledgling food forest.

 -   To book a place on the course, contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or derinatur@hotmail.com

 

HORTICULTURE EVENING CLASS

Horticulture Level 3 on behalf of Landbased Training.  The venue is WITT in Bell Street in New Plymouth.  These are NCEA qualifications and are run over 10 months – 2 evenings, and weekend workshops  – Starting 10 October 2017

This course covers:

  • Soils
  • Composting
  • Liquid fertilisers
  • Nursery production
  • Plant identification and propagation
  • Weed management
  • Companion planting
  • Pests and diseases
  • Introduction to permaculture and biodynamics
  • Pruning fruit and amenity trees
  • Seed sowing and harvesting crops

Contact Dee on 0211252035 – Cost $410 for New Zealand citizens and residents.