Seed Harvesting & Processing with Setha Davenport

Learn the art of bringing your seed in and harvesting and processing it for proper winter storage. Both wet (fruit) and dry (flower) techniques will be covered. Please bring questions and examples of plants gone to seed that you are having issue processing. Setha will guide you through these techniques and also take you into the "field" for first hand observation. A good mix of theory and practice.

Saturday March 27th 10am-1pm $25

Ashhurst Rugby Clubrooms: 2 Lincoln Street, Ashhurst (& Slow Farm)


Register here.

RECAP Crop Swap

RECAP are running a Crop Swap at the Ashhurst Community Library & Garden as part of Neighbour Day Aotearoa's 2021 theme 'The Great Plant Swap'.

In 2020 there was increased interest in home gardening, and connecting to other gardeners and members of your community is a great way to enhance local resilience and share knowledge.

Bring your excess produce, seeds, seedlings, plants, cuttings and anything else gardening related.

All are welcome, and you do not need to give in order to take (and visa versa!)

Tea & coffee will be provided.

Any leftover seeds, seedlings and food will be added to RECAP’s seed library, garden and sharing shelf for the wider community to access.

Summer Pruning Workshop

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Facilitated by Ashhurst local Phil Stevens from Slow Farm 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 loppers, and saw of cutters if you have them, and a pen and paper. A full water bottle and sun protection are recommended.

Entry is by Koha.

Registrations essential. 


Lunchtime Espalier Workshop

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Join RECAP at Hancock Community House, 77 King Street in Palmerston North for a lunchtime theoretical working bee where we will plant and train espalier trees in the garden.

11:45am-1pm, a light lunch provided.

Koha appreciated.

RECAP Permaculture Garden Festival

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Saturday 31st October 9:30am-4pm.

Discover, learn and enjoy local gardening enthusiasm and experience through a self guided tour of Permaculture based properties and businesses in Ashhurst and Pohangina.

There will be over a dozen properties and projects to view, the opportunity to attend short workshops, and the hospitality and ingenuity of ethical locally focused businesses to experience.

Tickets $25 per person under 12's free. 

All proceeds will go towards RECAP and the continuation of our projects and work within the Ashhurst and Pohangina Communities

Creating Biochar

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Join biochar expert Phil Stevens for a day of learning by doing.

Phil will demonstrate different techniques of producing high-carbon biochar
for improving your soil's fertility, microbial diversity, aeration, and
water and nutrient retention. As we go through the process you will get
a thorough overview of the history, science, climate benefits, and
applications of this amazing product.

Saturday 21 November, 9 am to 2 pm

Cost: $40.  Please contact RECAP if you need financial assistance in order to attend on

Trapping Regional Ashhurst and Pohangina Information Launch.

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RECAP will be officially launching its new TrAP project with funding from DoC with information and 
training sessions for interested members of the community to up skill themselves in urban and rural 
trapping practice. Led by Ian Rasmussen, RECAP board member and experienced trapper.

The event will include:

- Infomation about the project and its potential impact locally and regionally
- Discussion around different kind of predators in our area and trapping technique.
- Training about how to use traps effectivley in both rural and urban settings.
- The opportunity to borrow traps for your property, and join our library system, and 
understand the kaupapa behind this important mahi.

Ashhurst Launch: Saturday 14th November 2pm-4pm at The Ashhurst Village Green. 

Please register your interest so we have an understanding of numbers.

Foraging Walk

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Come join us for a gentle walk around the Ashhurst domain as we identify plants and their uses 
while discussing foraging as a way to connect with nature, have fun and get a little extra 
nutrition.We will cover aspects such as safe foraging, foraging ethics, legal and policy frameworks 
and guidelines with the goal of participants being able to confidently identify up to 10 plants for safe 

Saturday 14th of November. 10am - 12pm at the Ashhurst Domain.

Entry by koha ( Suggested $5-$10 per person)

Para Kore. A Maori Zero Waste Perspective

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Para Kore ( Zero Waste) is an important and essential concept amongst us all.

Sam Te Tau will facilitate a workshop focused on a traditional Maori world view of the circular system that is common to indigenous peoples.

He will discuss Para Kore's past, present and future objectives and goals and discuss the impact that had in the last 10 years from using the program on over 400 Marae and  Maori schools.

Monday 28th September, 7pm at Sa8nt Mary Magdalene Church Hall, 67 Cambridge Avenue, Ashhurst.

Entry by koha.


Creating Guilds Workshop.

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Learn about how to create guilds (plantings of plants around trees) around your fruit trees to attract 
beneficial insects, mulch, fertilise, fix nitrogen and repel pests.

This will be a highly interactive and practical workshop involving plant identification, planting, learning and observing.

Facilitated by Ashhurst local Julie Doyle who is an avid and experienced permaculturist.

Saturday 10th October 10am-12:30pm
Olsson Community Orchard off The Terrace or River Road.
Attendance by koha.