Celebrate Earth Day with Tradescantia Weeding and Free BBQ in the Ashhurst Domain -- 22 April

Come be part of a volunteer crew that are celebrating Earth Day by weeding tradescantia off the bush floor in the Ashhurst Domain.

  • When: Saturday, 22 April, starting at 9:00 a.m. BBQ at 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Meet at the Ashhurst Domain off SH3, in the parking area between the children's playground and the cemetery.
  • What the work involves and what to bring: This is a hand-weeding event, and gloves are recommended. The working bee will go forward rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. Water bottles are also recommended.
  • Free BBQ for volunteers: Thanks to Horizons Regional Council, fired up around 11:00 a.m. Come meet others who love the Ashhurst Domain and the iconic, endemic maidenhair fern that will be released by the tradescantia weeding.

Thanks are due to both local and regional council for material support.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Backyard Poultry Keeping - Register for 29 April workshops - now with morning option

Learn all you need--and more--to get a comfortable start on keeping chooks or ducks in your own backyard. Even those with some experience can expect to learn something new.

With our afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm) workshop almost sold out, we are now offering a second workshop on the same day, from 9:00-12:00 a.m. on Saturday, 29 April, at the Village Valley Centre in Ashhurst. Fee $10 or 10 LOAVES. 

Registration for the MORNING workshop is now available at this link.

A few spaces for the afternoon workshop still remain (as of 10 April), with registration available at this link.

Participants in the backyard poultry workshop can expect to learn:

  • Behaviours and qualities of different breeds of chickens and ducks;
  • How to maintain animal health, clip wings, etc.;
  • How to design poultry houses and keep a clean environment;
  • How to build and use chicken tractors and mobile duck baths of various designs to enhance home gardening;
  • Palmerston North City Council by-laws applicable to keeping poultry and other productive animals.

The workshop emphasis will be on chickens, and secondarily on ducks. Workshop facilitator Phil Stevens has over forty years experience keeping chooks, cucks, and turkeys, and his family has also kept quail, guinea, and peafowl. Workshop participants will have opportunities to handle chickens.

Comments from previous participants:

  • Lots of info.
  • Very clear speakers.
  • Friendly, informative, practical stuff & live chickens - not just a lecture.
  • Good to see photos.
  • Passionate presenters with lots of information.
  • Thanks for running this!

A New Economy - free movie evening, Thursday, 18 May

Reel Earth Film Festival and RECAP are excited about bringing you this documentary as part of the Reel Earth Film Festival.

A New Economy -

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model?  Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more cooperative future.        By putting humanity before the bottom line, they are finding their place in an economy previously dominated by profits and big business.

 Is cooperation and humanity the only way forward for business?

When:  Thursday May 18th 7.30pm  2017

Where: St Mary Magdalene Church hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst

Who : all invited.

For more information please contact info@recap.org.nz

Be involved!

Two volunteers share their experience with beekeeping during a tour

RECAP is a volunteer-led, registered charity (CC50147) with lots of opportunities for meaningful community involvement. As an umbrella organisation for a range of community projects, we would like to enable people with creativity and initiative to take leadership in areas that are supported by our purposes. Please step forward if you would like to develop a project or offer a workshop to benefit the community through RECAP. We also have several well-defined volunteer roles, small and large. Contact us to discuss a volunteer role that might suit you. You can also ask to be put on our mailing list, and we'll let you know about working bees as well as other events like workshops, socials, and more. Most of our events are equally open to both members (living in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley area) and non-members. Just send us your name, email address, and mailing address. Our AGM is usually the first Wednesday in June at the Village Valley Centre. Our email: info@recap.org.nz.