Spring in the community garden

Spring has arrived and how wonderful to see the flowers blossoming.  We have many visitors to the garden and love to see locals taking ownership of the gorgeous space that has been created there. There are volunteer gardeners down there on Fridays 10am-12 if you want to have a tour, help out, or chat about what we are up to.  

The vege beds are getting planted up, there are new fruit trees, lots of name signs and some new information signs coming soon!  The garden is a teaching garden and used as such for workshops.  You are welcome to pick flowers or eat herbs or veges that are ready to harvest.

The cob seating needs a bit more work and is going to get a final coat of paint to finish it now the weather is warming up.  

A big thanks to Ian, Rik and Veronica who spend hours gardening each week to keep it all looking so fabulous.


RECAP Seminars and Workshops

Each year we aim to offer a range of workshops, courses, talks and films that are grounded in the Permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share

Over the last few years we have run workshops on fermenting vegetables, pruning, composting, keeping chickens, designing food gardens, a film about new ways of running a business, talks on the river and its ecology, natural building and retro fitting, food as medicine, and a garden tour? These are open to all, free or well subsidised and run alongside our Permaculture Design Course.

RECAP is committed to providing education around sustainability and local (Ashhurst and Pohangina) projects - we have the community garden at the Ashhurst Library and the Community Orchard (the Olsson Orchard) in McCraes Bush.

Please email us on info@recap.org.nz if you would like to receive our monthly mail out, or like us on Facebook to keep up to date with what we are offering


Zero waste workshop with "The Rubbish Trip" folk


Join Hannah and Liam, the two No-waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip, for an interactive evening workshop about how to get through the silly season with less waste.

Christmas, New Year and the holiday period can be a stressful time for us and for the planet as we try to get on top of gifts, family dinners and trips away. But it doesn't need to be this way!

Having a less wasteful holiday season is not only more environmentally friendly, it can also take the pressure off by making things simpler, more enjoyable and more affordable. If this sounds appealing, then come along to this workshop to get a bit of a taste for what zero waste living involves (based on Hannah and Liam's own experience of living without a bin since the beginning of 2015), and how you can get creative to reduce your waste this silly season with: - alternative gift ideas - Christmas dinner planning - tips for camping, getting out on the road, or visiting the bach, with less waste. This event is free and everyone is welcome. Zero waste and locally-sourced tea, coffee and Christmas kai will be available, for inspiration, sharing and general cheer.

Where:  Ashhurst Community Library, cnr Cambridge Ave and Bamfield St, Ashhurst

When:  Thursday December7th @ 7pm

Who: All are welcome, this a free event hosted by The Rubbish Trip, RECAP and supported by Ashhurst Library

How much:  This a free event

Please check out "The Rubbish Trip" on facebook   here

Questions?  Just email me  - info@recap.org.nz

Hope you can make it.

Designing food gardens - A permaculture design module

Sorry, but this workshop is now full. We were overwhelmed with the quick and enthusiastic response.  

Please stay in touch via Facebook and on here for future events.

We are offering one of the most popular of modules of the permaculture design course as a one day workshop, open to everyone.

You can register HERE

 Those who would like a taste of permaculture are invited to register, on a one-off basis for this module, one of  twelve modules in the permaculture design course: designing food gardens. This day-long workshop takes a holistic approach to food garden design, offering participants a well-integrated overview of the topic and a general framework for considering their own garden plans. Workshop topics include:

  • permaculture ethics, principles, zones, and design processes*;

  • working with water, micro-climates, sunlight, and soils in the garden*;

  • designs for gardens, pathways, and garden beds;

  • perennial and annual crops;

  • seed-saving and propagation;

  • planting plans, rotation plans, cover crops, inter-cropping, and companion planting;

  • weeds, pests, and diseases;

  • harvesting; and

  • gardening in community.

* Please note: These topics are addressed more fully in other modules of the full twelve-day permaculture course; in this workshop, they will be discussed in abbreviated form, focusing only on their applications to food gardening.

 The day will include a shared, bring-a-plate lunch; a practical, get-your-hands-dirty activity; and a mix of classroom activities and mini-lectures. More information will be provided upon registration.

Saturday August 26


Village Valley Centre, Guildford St, Ashhurst.

$40pp, advance payment and registration essential as places are limited.

Please register HERE

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

All welcome to this workshop, hope to see you there.

Saturday July 8th 12.00

Bring lopper, cutters, a saw if you have them, a drink

and wear weather appropriate clothing.

A koha is appreciated.

There will be experienced tutors to show you the ropes and answer questions.

Wet weather date is the following Saturday.

Pohangina River talk- The Big Picture

You are invited to a free public lecture about the nature of watersheds and rivers and how they behave, using the Pohangina river as an example. Gary Williams will discuss water flows, how climate and landscape effect rivers, the natural character of a river reach, sediment movement, ecology of river environments and climate change.

This will be held on Thursday July 6th 2017 at 7.00pm at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst. 

All welcome, there will be time for questions and supper will be served afterwards.

Any queries to info@recap.org.nz

You can hear more from Gary Williams on his website - http://waterscape.co.nz

Welcome to the new executive board for 2017-18!

Thank you to all who attended out AGM.  We are please to announce our new Executive Board Members for the coming year.

Chairperson - Harvey Jones, welcome back, again!

Deputy Chairperson - Aaron Roberts, returning, thank you.

Treasurer - Cindy Phillips, welcome to the board.

Secretary - Anne Van-Brunt, thank you for continuing.

Ian Stark - Board member and garden coordinator.

Veronika Naglmaier - Board member, looking forward to having you on the exec.

We would also like to acknowledge our planning team, notably Sharon Stevens, Helen King, Phil Stevens and Adrian Bill Phillips.

We welcome anyone who would like to contribute at any time during the year by joining our planning team.

Please contact me info@recap.org.nz


Natural Building Lecture - Richard Pedley and Nelson Lebo


We are proud to present a free public lecture on natural building in New Zealand with two speakers offering a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

Richard Pedley is a lecturer in Organic agriculture at UCOL in Palmerston North and founder of Agrifutures  He also runs Garden Elf (www.gardenelf.co.nz) a permaculture based business offering design innovations and education around all aspects of permaculture.

Nelson Lebo is well known as the Eco advisor for PNCC. He appears regularly talking about his passion and great experience in retrofitting existing properties to make them warmer, healthier and more energy efficient.

You are invited to come and hear about natural building techniques, passive solar design, what works best in NZ, how to retrofit your existing home, regulations, materials, innovative solutions and the future of natural building.

Thursday June 15th 7.00pm   St Mary’s Church Hall, Cambridge Ave,Ashhurst. 

All welcome.

Enquiries to Jane - jane@recap.org.nz

Backyard Poultry Keeping - Register for 29 April workshops - now with morning option

Learn all you need--and more--to get a comfortable start on keeping chooks or ducks in your own backyard. Even those with some experience can expect to learn something new.

With our afternoon (1:00-4:00 pm) workshop almost sold out, we are now offering a second workshop on the same day, from 9:00-12:00 a.m. on Saturday, 29 April, at the Village Valley Centre in Ashhurst. Fee $10 or 10 LOAVES. 

Registration for the MORNING workshop is now available at this link.

A few spaces for the afternoon workshop still remain (as of 10 April), with registration available at this link.

Participants in the backyard poultry workshop can expect to learn:

  • Behaviours and qualities of different breeds of chickens and ducks;
  • How to maintain animal health, clip wings, etc.;
  • How to design poultry houses and keep a clean environment;
  • How to build and use chicken tractors and mobile duck baths of various designs to enhance home gardening;
  • Palmerston North City Council by-laws applicable to keeping poultry and other productive animals.

The workshop emphasis will be on chickens, and secondarily on ducks. Workshop facilitator Phil Stevens has over forty years experience keeping chooks, cucks, and turkeys, and his family has also kept quail, guinea, and peafowl. Workshop participants will have opportunities to handle chickens.

Comments from previous participants:

  • Lots of info.
  • Very clear speakers.
  • Friendly, informative, practical stuff & live chickens - not just a lecture.
  • Good to see photos.
  • Passionate presenters with lots of information.
  • Thanks for running this!

A New Economy - free movie evening, Thursday, 18 May

Reel Earth Film Festival and RECAP are excited about bringing you this documentary as part of the Reel Earth Film Festival.

A New Economy -

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model?  Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more cooperative future.        By putting humanity before the bottom line, they are finding their place in an economy previously dominated by profits and big business.

 Is cooperation and humanity the only way forward for business?

When:  Thursday May 18th 7.30pm  2017

Where: St Mary Magdalene Church hall, Cambridge Ave, Ashhurst

Who : all invited.

For more information please contact info@recap.org.nz