Permaculture Courses

KORITO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND COURSES

Permaculture is an holistic, practical and creative approach to landscape design, meeting the needs of people, animals and the wider community.  It integrates appropriate technology, recycling, sustainable agriculture and gardening, architecture and community building, creating diversity, stability and resilient natural ecosystems.

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together

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

 

URBAN PERMACULTURE COURSE

Learn all about permaculture design on a small scale that allows you to integrate all the timesaving, low maintenance, water saving, waste reducing and cycling practices you want to do, but don’t know how to scale down.  You’ll spend less time maintaining the garden, and more time harvesting and enjoying it

 Weekend 1

 Ethics, principles, and vision

  • An introduction to permaculture design – looking at permaculture principles and ethics and how they affect how we plan and design in our gardens.

 Element analysis, Multiple functions and relative location in design

  • Selecting and placing elements such as plants, trees and structures into the garden so that they function well, have many uses and are in the right place in the plan, to make it time saving for you and easy to maintain.

 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 includes hard landscaping, planting groundcovers and mulching

Small space structures

·         Use of vertical space, keyhole gardens, containers, dwarf trees, small space solutions.

Improving Soils

  • Soil and pH testing on a budget, improving the organic matter by building lasagna beds (practical).  Understanding the role of micro-organisms and soil biology and brix testing food for quality and nutrient density

Recycling waste in the garden

  • Setting up waste systems such as bokashi, worm farming, liquid fertilisers and high nutrient compost, as well as looking at chickens as a recycling system.

Renewables and appropriate technology

  • Wind, water and solar.  A quick introduction to grid tie systems and using ‘alternative’ technology in the garden

Practical Project

  • Making a herb spiral

Weekend 2

 Food forests, fedges and shelter

  • Elements of a food forest – perennials, biennials and self-seeders, including selecting plants to ‘feed’ your food forest such as nitrogen and potassium producers, ground covers and plant stacking, creating fedges, selecting shelter plants.

Plant guilds and companion planting

  • What to plant around your orchard/food forest to support your trees, planting for insects and birds, companion planting for the garden.

Fruit tree/ bush training systems and pruning

  • Espaliers (practical), cordons, fans, root stock, pollinators, self fertilising varieties and pruning times and techniques

Water in the landscape

  • Greywater and how to use effectively in the landscape.  How to collect water, use water sources on property and create additional water sources.  What to grow in and around water. Mulch pits (practical).

Climates, microclimates and subtropicals

  • Plants that like frosts, discovering and creating microclimates, planting substropicals, planting productive plants into shady spots.

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 plan.

Zoning in the garden

  • Zones 1-5, and how to identify what goes in which zone, and how zones can help you decide on how to plan your garden dependent on how many weekly visits you have to an area.

Putting together elements of a design

  • Bringing all of the learning over the weekend together to create a permaculture garden design (practical)

 

  •  2 x 2 day weekend course – 10-11 March 2018, and 7-8 April 2018. Cost $200 per person per weekend or $300 for two people learning together per weekend. (Total costs of 2 weekends – $400 for one person or $600 for 2).  Places are limited to 15. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea. Bring something for a shared lunch.  You can attend one or both weekends.

  • Practical and theory sessions based on an urban permaculture property with food forest and gardens ranging from Zones 1-5 in New Plymouth.
  • To book a place on the course, contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or derinatur@hotmail.com or visit www.korito.co.nz.

 

 

FOOD FOREST – PLANNING AND PLANTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP  – 26-27 May 2018

Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together.

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 – 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