Modular permaculture course run over 9 weekends over 9 months giving you time to practice techniques between each practical and theory session – see the permaculture tab for more in depth information.  Workshops on this course include:

  • Soil improvement – foodweb, wormfarms, liquid fertilisers
  • Gardening systems – double dig, green manure, composting, seedsaving
  • Structural garden design – windbreaks, designing garden beds, microclimates
  • Forestry and orchard design, coppicing, espaliers and guilds
  • Water systems – designing, harvesting and storing water
  • Alternative energy – wind, water, sun and appropriate technology
  • Small and large animal management – from chooks/ducks to cows/horses
  • Food forests – design, plant and maintain
  • Urban permaculture and zone 1 – designing for a small space
  • Social permaculture – bioregions, communities and resilience
  • Nutrition and food – preserving, fermenting and natural cleaning
  • Hazard and catastrophe – legal structures and green dollars
  • Alternative building – design/materials, retrofitting a building
  • Greywater – compost toilets, recycling materials


I also run evening classes in Organic Horticulture Level 3 and 4 on behalf of Agriculture New Zealand.  The venue is WITT in Bell Street in New Plymouth.  These are NCEA qualifications and are run over 10 months – 3 hours a week, and weekend workshops  – Starting every February and September  (ring 0800 475 455 for details)

This course covers:

  • Introduction to Organics
  • Composting
  • Soils
  • Liquid fertilisers
  • Planning organic production systems
  • Weed management
  • Companion planting
  • Pests and diseases
  • Introduction to permaculture design
  • Shelterbelt planning for insects and birds