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Beyond Organic - Waiheke 2-day Workshop

Beyond Organic - Waiheke 2-day Workshop

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  • Thu 12 Mar ’15, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 Mar ’15, 9:00am – 5:00pm


39 Cable Bay Lane, Waiheke, Waiheke Island, Auckland


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Two day workshop: $250.00

The permaculture-inspired property of Tana and Charles Fishman will be the backdrop for this two-day Permaculture Orchard Design workshop. The focus will be on learning how to design and then implement a polyculture with diverse tree species and understory plantings for maximum yield and reduced work and other inputs.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by our hosts. Bring a notebook, camera and a readiness to participate in both presentation style and hands on experiential learning guided by Stefan and others.

Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm both days

What to expect

The workshop will be tailored to participants interests, but you can expect an introduction to permaculture-inspired orchard systems to be followed by in depth learning and practical activities:

- The economics of a commercial permaculture orchard
- The Magic Model design process - this is why you'll need your property map
- Three essentials to a vibrant soil
- How your orchard can benefit from birds, insects and animals
- How to see your orchard - develop new observation skills
- Choosing a site - learn some things you may not have thought about
- Planting techniques - do it right, do it once
- Propagation & Grafting - grow your plant stock economically

Stefan SobkowiakMr. Sobkowiak is a synergist, permaculturist and irrepressible optimist - a man outstanding in his field. Over the last 25 years he has spoken to more than 400 groups on the themes of edible gardening, gardening, landscape design, birds and permaculture.

As a University sessional lecturer for 8 years Stefan has taught courses in Fruit production, Landscape plants and design and the Natural History of Vertebrates.

He has a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph and a Masters and Bachelors in wildlife biology and wildlife management respectively, from McGill University.

Stefan has 20 years experience serving over a hundred clients through his landscape design practice, specialising in attracting bird, insect and animal allies into his designs. Over the last 6 years he has focused on Miracle Farms, the largest permaculture fruit orchard in Eastern North America, where he also raises fowl and sheep.

He will be on tour in New Zealand between March 10 and April 9, 2015.

Or contact James Samuel on 021 252 0653 or via james@foodforest.co.nz.
On this page you will find a short video in which Stefan introduces the concepts of the Permaculture Orchard - Beyond Organic.

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