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.

Seed Sowing and growing healthy plants.

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Facilitated by Setha Davenport from Hawke’s Bay’s Setha’s Seeds. 

Seed propagation is an art. Come learn how Setha sows seeds, grows them to a healthy transplant stage and plants them using biointensive and permaculture techniques at her seed farm.  Practical demonstrations as well as theory covered. 

When: Sunday 20th September 10am-1pm.

Where: Ashhurst Library Community Garden, 64 Bamfeild Street, Ashhurst. 
Cost: $25 per person.

A beginners guide to raw vegan kai.

Simple, healthy, vegan, raw and gluten free snacks.
Do you want to eat less sugar? Try vegan or gluten free food, but unsure where to start?  Or want to create healthy snacks for lunch boxes and cake tins?
Come along and get inspired with some sweet and savoury treats that are easy to make at home and provide an alternative to highly processed, heavily packaged foods.    You will get to sample, to create, to take home some yummy treats, be inspired to give things a go and be given recipes.
Saturday 1st August 10-30am- 1pm.
Ashhurst Village Valley Centre.
Entry by koha.
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Winter Pruning Workshop.

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Saturday 11th July, Olsson Community Orchard, 1pm-3pm

Free workshop, though koha is appreciated.

Facilitated by Phil Stevens, co tutor of RECAP’s Permaculture Design Course and of Local Ashhurst business Slow Farm, this workshop will be a practical hands on guide to the how, what and when of winter fruit tree pruning for optimum next season fruiting.