RECAP Annual General Meeting 2022

You are all warmly invited to the RECAP (Society for the Resilience & Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst & Pohangina) Annual General Meeting, will be held this year on Wednesday June 8th from 7:30pm-9pm at the Village Valley Centre, Ashhurst.

We would love you to join us for supper to help us celebrate an eventful year, to learn more about our mahi and to elect our board for 2022/23. If you know anyone interested in standing for the board, please do get in touch.

We would appreciate if you could please RSVP (chris@recap.org.nz) and we look forward to seeing you.

Ngā mihi maioha.

May Crop Swap & drop in session w/ Phil Stevens of Slow Farm

Our second Crop Swap for 2022 is on Saturday May 28th 11am-1pm at the Ashhurst Community Library.

We will be joined once again by local permaculture expert Phil Stevens, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss topics, such as energy conservation, warm/dry tips, passive solar, solar electric, how to cut your household emissions with simple and achievable tweaks, gardening topics, water harvesting, fruit trees and other perennial edibles, designing sections for resilience, soil health and more.

This is an excellent opportunity on the cusp on winter to learn tips about how to keep your home warm and dry over the colder months, and keep your garden growing and trees healthy during winter. You can bring any questions you may have for Phil on the above topics for some free advice & guidance. 

All are welcome and everything is free! Bring any excess produce, seeds, seedlings or gardening supplies. You do not need to give in order to take and vice versa.

Winter Pruning Workshop 2022

Our ever popular pruning workshop has its winter session for 2022 on Saturday July 2nd 1pm-3pm.

Facilitated by Phil Stevens, (of RECAP’s Permaculture Design Workshops and Slow Farm) and Harvey Jones (RECAP chairperson) this workshop is a practical hands on guide to the how, what and when of winter fruit tree pruning for optimum next season fruiting.

Join us for this unique opportunity to get stuck in with the loppers and secateurs with guidance and support to build your confidence.

This is a free workshop, but koha is appreciated.

You will need to register for this workshop, and you can do so: HERE

NEW DATE: Permaculture workshop #2: Using & modifying microclimates for effective & diverse food gardening

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of readily accessible and low-cost means to design multiple microclimates into a home garden and to use them effectively.

Working effectively with microclimates can extend the growing season and diversify the range of crops that can be grown successfully. While gardeners cannot personally control the climate and weather, they can have an effect on: 

  • soil quality, including soil moisture
  • wind flow and shelter
  • patterns of light and shade
  • soil and air temperature

Attendance at this workshop does not require a vaccine passport. Please note that other public health measures such as wearing a mask or showing a mask exemption, and keeping a physical distance may be required. Please do not register if you are not willing to follow these.

Please register: HERE

To stay informed on these workshops, we recommend you check our website regularly (recap.org.nz) sign up to our newsletter (email info@recap.org.nz to request) or follow us on facebook (facebook/ResilienceAshhurstPohangina) as updates will be posted there.

Berm gardening/beginner's workshop May 2022

We ran this workshop in the spring of 2021 and we're back at the berm for a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to create raised beds & prepare existing beds for the winter growing season.

We have had a high volume of requests for beginner gardening workshops, so if you’ve wanted to grow your own but don’t know how to get started this one’s for you. 

Facilitated by Beth Lew of Growing Gardens and Communities - Manawatū & Suzanne Chelius from RECAP/PNCC’s Sustainable Living Programme. This is one for those just starting out, with some info on best practice on berm gardening (now allowed without permission from the PNCC). 

We’ll be covering: general site analysis, the benefits of a no-dig garden bed/raised bed, soil health/building soil, seasonal planting/companion planting and more as well as providing some easy growing seeds to take home to start your own māra kai (food garden).  

There is a fee of $5 for this workshop.

Please register HERE

Cyanotype kid’s workshop w/ Sunny Day Cyanotype

This workshop is now full. To be put on the waitlist, please contact: chris@recap.org.nz

We have a one off workshop for tamariki in the upcoming school holidays: Cyanotype kid’s workshop w/ Sunny Day Cyanotype

Marolyn Krasner of Sunny Day Cyanotype (facebook: sunnydaycyanotype) will be leading a kid’s workshop on Saturday April 16th from 1pm-3pm in the Ashhurst Community Garden (next to the library). 

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The cyanotype process uses a mixture of compounds, which when exposed to UV light and washed in water oxidises to create blue images. The technique was invented in 1841 and popularised by photographer/botanist Anna Atkins. Her book, published in October 1843 is considered the first photographic book.

We will be gathering in the Community Garden to collect natural materials & utilise the sun to create beautiful botanical prints to take home. 

10 & over can attend without a guardian, but we ask that 9 & under have a guardian present. We can provide hot drinks in the library back room. Masks are encouraged, but not mandatory.  

There are ten places available, and it is $20 per child. If this fee is a barrier to attendance, please contact info@recap.org.nz to discuss.

 

Permaculture workshop #3: Understanding & improving your soil

This workshop will introduce the basics of soil chemistry, biology, and structure, how to work with it, and how to amend it for better outcomes when growing food. Topics will include, for example:

    • soil nutrients, nutrient availability, and pH, together with soil-plant interactions
    • the importance of soil structure for aeration and drainage, plus how to protect and improve soil
      structure
    • bacterial vs.fungal soils and the advantages of each within different food systems
    • how and why to make, grow, and apply compost, green manures, liquid manures, mulch, and biochar

Attendance at this workshop DOES NOT require a vaccine passport. Please note that other public health measures such as scanning or signing in, wearing a mask or showing a mask exemption, and keeping a physical distance between yourself and others as necessary will be required. Please do not register if you are not willing to follow these.

To stay informed on these workshops, we recommend you check our website regularly (recap.org.nz) sign up to our newsletter (email info@recap.org.nz to request) or follow us on facebook (facebook/ResilienceAshhurstPohangina) as updates will be posted there.

February Crop Swap 2022

Our first Crop Swap for 2022 is on Saturday March 26th 11am-1pm at the Ashhurst Community Garden (next to the library).

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We are very happy to announce that we will be joined by local permaculture expert Phil Stevens, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss topics such as energy conservation, warm/dry tips, passive solar, solar electric, how to cut your household emissions with simple and achievable tweaks, gardening topics, water harvesting, fruit trees and other perennial edibles, designing sections for resilience, soil health and more.

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All are welcome and everything is free! Bring any excess produce, seeds, seedlings or gardening supplies. You do not need to give in order to take and vice versa.

Permaculture workshop #1: Observing & understanding your land

RECAP and Slow Farm are very pleased to announce that we will be providing standalone Permaculture Workshops in 2022.

The first standalone permaculture workshop: Observing and Understanding Your Land will be held on Saturday March 19th 10-3pm at the Ashhurst Village Valley Center centennial room.

This workshop is designed for new home-owners (and land-owners)--or for those who want a new look at their home before planting the next tree or before installing a garden shed. The workshop will introduce two central concepts in permaculture design: Landscape and site assessment & Zoning as a design approach.

You will learn a system for observing how light, wind, water, and animals (including people) flow through a landscape and discuss how these flows interact with more fixed features, such as landforms, buildings, trees, and shrubs. ‘Zoning” is a permaculture design tool that is often considered the first step to planning landscape changes that work with nature in ways that return benefits for people.

Registrations are essential for this, and can be made HERE

Attendance at this workshop DOES NOT require a vaccine passport. Please note that other public health measures such as scanning or signing in, wearing a mask or showing a mask exemption, and keeping a physical distance between yourself and others as necessary will be required. Please do not register if you are not willing to follow these.

To stay informed on these workshops, we recommend you check this website regularly, sign up to our newsletter (email info@recap.org.nz to request) or follow us on facebook (facebook/ResilienceAshhurstPohangina) as updates will be posted there.

To learn more about Slow Farm: slowfarm.co.nz

Summer Pruning Workshop 2022

Our bi-annual pruning workshop.

Led by Ashhurst locals Phil Stevens from Slow Farm & RECAP chairperson Harvey Jones; this workshop will focus on the how, why and what of summer pruning and give you the opportunity to get familiar with your loppers, get stuck in and have a go!

We will talk about shaping, keeping size under control and encouraging fruit production. Please bring gloves, loppers, and saw of cutters if you have them, and a pen and paper. A full water bottle and sun protection are recommended. We will also have some tools to borrow.

We will be requiring vaccine passports for this workshop, so please have those ready on the day along with photo ID.

This is a free workshop, but koha is appreciated.

Registrations essential, and you can register HERE

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