Community Supported Agriculture FREE talk, June 28th 2018

You are invited to join us for an informative evening with the founders of Wairarapa Eco Farm, a thriving organic farm in Masterton.  WEF is a local example of a successful, working CSA model.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The CSA model for farming is also referred to as subscription farming or farm shares. In this model members subscribe a season’s worth of vegetables, sharing both the risks and bounty of agriculture. You place your food dollar directly in the hands of a local family farm and in exchange receive a share of fresh, organically grown vegetables each week.

The history is an inspiring one of bare, unproductive land turned into a rich oasis, you can read more about this on the WEF website here or even better come along to our free evening talk on June 28th in Ashhurst.

Wairarapa Eco Farm delivers to pick-up points throughout Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, in Palmerston North, and throughout the Wairarapa.

June 28th 7.00pm. St Mary Magdalene Church Hall. All welcome, free event, just turn up, supper served and koha appreciated.

Community Supported Agriculture FREE talk, June 28th 2018

You are invited to join us for an informative evening with the founders of Wairarapa Eco Farm, a thriving organic farm in Masterton.  WEF is a local example of a successful, working CSA model.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The CSA model for farming is also referred to as subscription farming or farm shares. In this model members subscribe a season’s worth of vegetables, sharing both the risks and bounty of agriculture. You place your food dollar directly in the hands of a local family farm and in exchange receive a share of fresh, organically grown vegetables each week.

The history is an inspiring one of bare, unproductive land turned into a rich oasis, you can read more about this on the WEF website here or even better come along to our free evening talk on June 28th in Ashhurst.

Wairarapa Eco Farm delivers to pick-up points throughout Wellington, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, in Palmerston North, and throughout the Wairarapa.

June 28th 7.00pm. St Mary Magdalene Church Hall. All welcome, free event, just turn up, supper served and koha appreciated.

Sour Dough Bread Making Workshops

After lots of interest and requests we are excited to be offering two sour dough workshops in May!   

Both will be held on May 19th, in Ashhurst and are 4 hours long.  (We will make sure you get a cuppa and a biscuit break though.)

We are lucky to have Renee returning again, after the success of the fermenting workshop last year.   The workshop will be hands-on and you will get to go home with a starter to make your own at home, some fresh bread and a whole lot of inspiration!

Workshops are limited to 20 participants each, cost $10 per person and you can register  below.

Morning workshop - 8.30am-12.30pm, May 19th here

Afternoon workshop - 1.00pm-5.00pm, May 19th here

Reel Earth film- Living The Change. May 3rd 2018

We are pleased to be presenting "Living The Change" as part of the Reel Earth Film Festival this year.

"Living The Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future" explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels around New Zealand, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Local Permaculturists are featured in this film and will be speaking and answering questions afterwards!

Thursday May 3rd, 7.00pm. St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst

This film is a free event but please register on EventFinda here

RetroSuburbia - A Permaculture Talk

RetroSuburbia

You are invited to come and hear Nelson Lebo talk about an exciting new book based on Permaculture Principles - RetroSuburbia.   David Holmgren, the author, is one of Permaculture's co-creators and in this book he shows you how to downshift and retrofit your home, garden, community and self so you can be more organised, resilient and sustainable. 

Nelson Lebo is a keen and experienced retro-fitter who is Palmerston North City Council's Eco Advisor.

The talk is on Thursday April 12th at 7.30pm.  

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst.

All welcome. Supper served, koha appreciated.  

Queries please contact jane@recap.org.nz

Composting working Bee and workshop

You are invited to join us for a fun and informative afternoon at our community orchard - Olssons Orchard.  

On Saturday March 24th 1-3pm you will find us creating compost for the trees in the orchard, while also providing a dedicated teaching space where experienced tutors will be able to answer questions about all forms of composting - including Bokashi, worm farms, liquid manure, green mulch and general soil health.  

We would love you to bring a hat, a drink, your questions and some time to help us weed and build a new compost heap.

This is a free event and all are welcome, for any amount of time.   Koha appreciated.

Any questions, please email me - jane@recap.org.nz

Wild Food Walk

We are lucky to have Steve and Jenny from "Human - Bushcrafting and Wild Living" coming to Ashhurst Domain to share with us their peaceful, down to earth approach to foraging in the wild.   This is just one of many things they offer, so participants will be in for a treat.    The following is from  their website and shows that they are committed to help build resilience and connection.

Here at HUMAN we give you the skills to connect more deeply with your surroundings and to begin seeing with Native Eyes all that is on offer in our abundant environment. From wild food foraging to bird language, tracking, bushcraft and survival skills to native parenting techniques, wandering and nature connection for kids, we have such potential, join us to find out how much we all can remember. 
HUMAN is based up the Otaki Gorge on a wonderful piece of land overlooking and wandering down to the Otaki River. It offers an ideal edge between the busy- ness world and the “wild” places. 

So come and join us for a Wild Food Walk (and more) in Ashhurst on Saturday March 10th at 2pm.  (This gives you time to visit the Ashhurst Community Market in the morning.)

Registrations are available here.    There is a cost of $10 per person, if this prohibits you from attending please contact me to discuss options.  

jane@recap.org.nz

 

Summer Pruning Workshop

Happy New Year!

We would love you to come and visit our community orchard and learn about how to prune fruit trees - in the summer.                          (We saved some trees especially during our winter prune!)

This is a free workshop, open to all and also requires registration.  

The pruning will take place at Olssons Orchard, McCrae's Bush at 10am Saturday 17th February 2018.

You will need to bring a drink, sunhat and wear appropriate clothing. As this is a hands-on workshop, please bring your clippers or secatuers so you can have a go!

Hope to see you soon. 

Please follow the link by registering here

Queries to info@recap.org.nz

Spring 2017 - so much growing in the garden

The community garden has been a work in progress for a few years now.   Volunteers have been working away, students on the permaculture course enjoy field trips there and other workshops have helped to create the cob seating.  Regular working bees have seen fruit trees planted, bulbs, a rotation of vegetables and plentiful flowers and herbs.  These are for the community to enjoy ....and they do!  Visitor numbers are growing and the librarians receive many compliments and questions about the gorgeous garden outside the library windows.

 

 

Permaculture Introduction courses - 2018

Permaculture in 2018!

Want to kick the year off full of inspiration? We have spaces in our two, full day modules introducing Permaculture Design - Feb 24th and March 3rd. 

These together are the start of our full (12 module) Permaculture Design course and you will receive a certificate for attending both (plus you could continue with the other modules when there is space).

They are heavily subsidised, costing only $40 each and always a fun day with like minded students.
To register please email me - info@recap.org.nz

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