Seed Swap & Screening of Seed:The untold story 13 Nov, 6.30pm

Bring your seeds, seedlings, cuttings and anything else that you would like to share to our Seed Swap, followed by a screening of the award-winning movie "Seed: the Untold Story". All seed leftovers will be donated to the Feilding Seed bank.

Venue: Anglican Church Hall , Cambridge Street

6:30pm 13 November 2018

Entry by Koha

Small herb gardens for wellness, 3 November, 2pm - 4.30pm

Are you interested in developing a small herb garden to enhance your sense of well-being? Would you like a few tips on how to get started in ways that support long-term success? Are you interested in sharing the afternoon with others who would rather think of their plants as friends than as "garden tasks"? If so, you might enjoy this beginner's workshop on herb garden design.


At an introductory level, this workshop will address:

  • Some of the health benefits of gardening—even when "vigorous exercise" is not on the list;

  • Where you might want to locate a herb garden, and how you might want to design its structure and shape, considering lifestyle, sunlight, soil, ergonomics, and upkeep;

  • Some standard designs for small spaces, such as container gardens and herb spirals;

  • Working with plants and their nature—both the plants you choose, and the ones that choose you ("weeds");

  • Harvest and use, including some tips for herbal health (suitable for amateurs).

The workshop includes a tour of five mini herb gardens (all part of one large garden). There will be a combination of both common and specialty plants available at the workshop (koha requested).

Please note that this location is not fully wheelchair accessible. If you have questions about accommodations for your abilities, please make a booking to temporarily reserve your space, then make an immediate inquiry before paying your fee.


Participant numbers are strictly limited, and enrolments are not confirmed until payment is received.


Depending on numbers a morning session will also be run, to register you interest in this please email,


To Register for the Afternoon event click here.



Sourdough workshop

Due to a long waiting list, continued interest and continued requests we are excited to be offering two more  sourdough workshops in September!   

Both will be held on the 29th September, in Ashhurst for 3 hours. 

We are lucky to have Renee returning and she will be joined by Kushla. 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 session, and cost $10 unwaged and $15 Waged per person.

You can register for the morning session, (9am-12pm) here

and for the afternoon session, (1pm-3pm) here


Annual General Meeting - you are invited

RECAP would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm, June 6th 2018.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate the year with us, while we review our successes, elect our board for the coming year, share photos and have supper.

Please RSVP to Jane -

The AGM will be held at the Village Valley Centre, Guildford St, Ashhurst.


Community Supported Agriculture FREE talk & seed swap - 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. We will also be having a seed swap. so bring along your favourite, labelled seeds. 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.   ****Remember your seeds for swapping**

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 -

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.


Ashhurst: CleanupNZ day 15 September

Ashhurst Cleanup NZ day, as part of keep New Zealand Beautiful Cleanup Week, will be held over a couple of hours and is asking for volunteers to tidy up reserves in our local environment.
When:    1:00 to 3:00pm, Saturday 15 September 2018
Site:       Gravel pit park, Cambridge Ave (beside Red Cross shop)
              for registration, gloves and rubbish bags
Depending on numbers of people, we will try to clean up any rubbish in and around the Ashhurst Domain
If there is enough support, we can widen the collection to Lincoln Park and the walkway along the terrace.

All volunteers are asked to return to base to measure the rubbish collected and have a group photograph.
(Note: Children must be supervised by an adult.)

Plant Propagation September 15th

Helen Johnston runs a lovely nursery on the outskirts of Ashhurst in the Pohangina Valley. Tree & Shrub Propagation is a propagation nursery, which grows strong, healthy, and good quality plants and focuses on propagating trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, hedging plants, farm forestry, and plants suitable for lifestyle blocks, and re- vegetation.

Join RECAP for this wonderful opportunity to learn from  such an experienced hand. Helen is offering two workshops at her property on the 15th September which cost $10per person.

To register for the morning workshop (10am - 12 noon) click here

And to register for the afternoon workshop (1pm - 3pm) click here



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.