The Ashhurst Sharing Shelf

Ashhurst community Library is home to the Ashhurst Sharing shelf for gardeners to share any excess fruit or produce.  This sharing shelf is attached to the garage in the Library garden, just behind the picket fence and sheltered from the weather. this is to the left of the garden gates once you enter.

As part of its ongoing commitment to building resilience and engaging the community, RECAP members have created this facility and will oversee its use.  Please make use of the shelved with these requests in mind:

Share your excess
Reduce waste
Only take what you can use
Clean up rotting produce
Keep it tidy

Any excessive amounts of produce will be shared with the Ashhurst Foodbank.  Waste produce will be fed to the worm farm.  The site will also be available to drop off and share named seedlings for other gardeners.  

Follow The Ashhurst Sharing Shelf on facebook for updates on what's on the shelf


Summer Pruning Workshop- Free Workshop.

Saturday 23rd February Starting at 10am at Olsson Community Orchard in Ashhurst.

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 gumboots are recommended.

This is a free event but registration is still required. To register click here


RECAP has a New Resilience Coordinator

January has seen a change in personnel for RECAP with Jane Evans moving on from the Resilience Coordinator role. Jane has given incredible energy and passion to the role over the last two years, coordinating a popular and varied set of workshops and being a superb public face for the organisation. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to her for her incredible work and we wish her the best of luck in her future role.

Jane has been replaced by Ashhurst local Helen King. Helen is a previous coordinator of The Ashhurst Community Market and spent four years as Chairperson of The Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina (LEAP). Helen has spent time on the RECAP board and is a 2016/17 Permaculture Design Course Graduate. Helen has lived in the Village for 12 years with her family and many animals  and is excited about the new role and the prospect of working in the community in which she lives and loves. Helen can be contacted on

Intro Permaculture Course

2019 is here, and RECAP is kicking the year off with an Intro to permaculture mini-course. Spread over 2 full days you will be introduced to permaculture ethics and principals & landscape and site assessment. Permaculture is a creative design process for gardening, farming, landscaping and social aspects of our lives, which takes into account all aspects of a site, and uses design principles and ethics to guide our decisions. This is great opportunity to familiarise yourself with these ideas and concepts. From this there is the option to complete a PiNZ accredited PDC course.

The total cost for the two days is $80

For more information click here

and to register email

Predator Free survey

Ashhurst Pohangina Predator Free Survey


There is a growing awareness and concern about the predator pests in our neighbourhoods, and their associated damage to native bush, lizards and our birdlife.


Please consider completing a short survey for landowners and volunteers in Ashhurst and the Pohangina Valley to provide data to help us determine the feasibility and scope of predator control in our region.  The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina (RECAP) is providing the support for this fledgling group in an effort to engage the community in protecting our environment.

The survey can be found linked from  - here

Harvey Jones

New guy in the garden

If you have been into the community garden lately you may have met our new garden guardian, or perhaps mascot?   He has been lovingly crafted by our wonderful volunteer gardeners Ian and Rik who work down there on Fridays.   Using driftwood and some Kiwi ingenuity they have created a wonderful photo opportunity, while we are pleased to have some art work like this to enjoy.

You will also spot a little owl hanging out in the garden too.   Both these new arrivals are as yet unnamed, so feel free to help us name them!

The latest project has been to have some sort of cover for our cob seating. After much discussion we have now got two espaliered pear trees growing into an arch over the seat, with a trellis behind that currently has peas growing up it - snap peas which be a great treat very soon hopefully.

The other fruit trees are covered in fruit, garden beds full and flowers bursting with spring colour.   

A huge thank you to our garden volunteers, who provide so much time and give many, many people so much to enjoy in Ashhurst.

Soap Making Workshop August 4th

You are invited to visit the beautiful Pohangina Valley and create your own soap with Bev at Kereru Natural Products have a look here.

Bev will take you through the process to make two different soaps which you can take home.   Kereru has been operating since 1988 and makes a range of delicious natural products for  body care and a huge range of essential oils.

There are two, 2 hour workshops you can register for. Each costs $15 per person which includes the materials to make your own soaps and the tutoring.

The morning workshop runs from 9.30am - 11.30am and you can register for that here .

The afternoon workshop runs from 1.30pm-3.30pm and you can register for that here .

If you would like to look around Bev's garden there will be time for that too....bring your gumboots!

Numbers are strictly limited so please book in early to avoid missing out!

Volunteer Recognition Event

On Friday 15th of  June RECAP was well represented at the wonderful Volunteer Recognition Awards held in Palmerston North at the Conference and Function Centre. RECAP had nominated Phil Stevens for an award as part of years of volunteering, not just for RECAP but in the wider community and also at national level with his work for Living Economies.   The event was hosted by the Volunteer Resource Centre in Palmerston North and there were a large number of people from all over the region and from many different sectors in society.

Phil Stevens has been on the RECAP executive board for many years and also volunteering as a tutor, working in the orchard, with IT, pruning, planting trees, the community garden and leading the work on our cob seating.
Phil also volunteers outside of RECAP. For years he regularly helped check the stoat traps in the Manawatu Gorge. He's currently Treasurer of LEAP -- the Society for the Local Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina Inc. He also organises musicians for LEAP's monthly Ashhurst Community Market. In 2010, he joined the board of the national charity Living Economies Educational Trust, becoming Chairperson the following year. This role involves traveling throughout New Zealand to speak, facilitate, and co-organise conferences. This year he has been meeting with staff from the Ministry of Social Development about an initiative to support those who wish to address debt and poverty through mutual reliance in small social networks.

Outside of his formal volunteering, Phil is always willing to support a friend in the hospital, sort out someone's computer, or share his skills with tree pruning, with particular readiness to help those who are socially vulnerable. He's known both for the intelligence he brings to his volunteering, and for the practical and consistent expression of his compassion.

A huge thank you to Phil from all of us and I am sure from many, many others who has been lucky enough to benefit from his volunteering.

Reflecting on the Edge of Sustainability, 17 June 2018

Do you love the earth but get overwhelmed by the amount of bad news about the environment?

Do you have a desire to feel more connected—to yourself, to your community, to the earth?

Do you yearn to be engaged in earth-positive activities while staying grounded in self-care and your daily life?

Join Sharon Stevens and Helen Lehndorf for a day of journaling, discussion and art therapy acitivities focusing on the definition of 'sustainabiliy' and the possibilities for making the next step towards sustainability and wholeness.

Light Kai will be provided

Workshop is limited to 24 participants at $25 for the day, 9.30am - 3pm

Click here to Register

About the faciliators

Helen Lehndorf is a writer and writing teacher. Her book 'The Comforter' made the New Zealand Listener's 'Best 100 Books of 2012 and her poem 'Wabi-sabi' was selected for Best New Zealand Poems in 2011. Her second book, about the practice of journaling, 'Write to the Centre' was published by Haunui Press in 2016. Her essay 'The Sensory Seeker' appeared in Massey University's 2017 anthology 'Home'. She loves permaculture, gardening, wild foraging and helping people access their innate creativity.

Sharon Stevens (PhD, Rhetoric, Writing, and the Teaching of English) has been facilitating a combination of writing, permaculture design courses, and eco-lifestyle workshops since 1997. She has received multiple teaching awards. Her publications include A Place for Dialogue (University of Iowa Press, 2007) and more recent publications in Organic NZ, Permaculture Magazine, Ecosystem Services Journal, and Ecological Entanglements in the Anthropocene. She loves writing, learning with her workshop participants, and pottering in her expansive herb garden. She loves her family, too, and the place where she lives.

This workshop is suitable for attending as a stand-alone (one-off) workshop. It is the first in a four-part series that Helen and Sharon are offering as part of the Mandala Initiative.

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