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Spring Biointensive Workshop

Spring Biointensive Workshop

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  • Sat 14 Oct ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 15 Oct ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Roebuck Farm, 310 Hurford Rd, Omata, New Plymouth


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Admission: $350.00
  • General Admission: $390.00

Join Jodi Roebuck, Australasia’s leading Biointensive authority, on his own farm for 2 days of learning the Biointensive Growing system – an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximise harvest in small spaces.

​This 2 day 'Spring' practical is suited for the beginner, to the serious backyard grower looking integrate time saving systems into their plot, homesteaders looking to maximise production of organic veg, and community projects looking for solutions in maximising nutrient dense food production with limited resources & space.

What is Biointensive Growing? Biointensive is a method of growing as much organic food as possible in the smallest amount of space. The method draws upon a variety of intensive agricultural methods practiced thousands of years ago in China, Greece and Latin America, as well as French intensive techniques practiced in the 1700’s and 1800’s, and Biodynamic techniques developed in Europe in the early 1920s. The culmination of these techniques has developed into what is now called Grow Biointensive.

It’s a method adapted to address the unsustainable nature of the global food system, which nearly all of us depend on.
The method was designed to provide food security for those who practice it, while continually building and developing the soil and conserving natural resources. The result is producing safe food year after year in the same small space.
Practiced in over 130 countries across the world, this method has proven that a complete diet can be produced by people in any climate where food can be grown, with very limited resources.

​"Jodi Roebuck is one of the most focused, motivated food & seed growers I have worked with in 44 years of Grow Biointensive sustainable mini-farming work”
John Jeavons, Biointensive originator

​If you are a beginning gardener wanting the best start in organic food production methods or you are an experienced gardener wanting to integrate the Biointensive approach into your methodologies, this workshop will not disappoint.
While presented in language a beginner can understand, Jodi will be delivering content on a level and calibre meaning that even seasoned experts will find this a refreshing professional development opportunity.

The workshop will cover explicitly the 8 principles of Biointensive:
1. Deep Soil Preparation
2. Composting
3. Intensive Planting
4. Carbon Farming
5. Calorie Farming
6. Companion Planting
7. Open Pollinated Seeds
8. Whole System Method

And will also cover:
- Biointensive history and philosophy.
- Season extension management and decision making.
- Crop rotation.
- Resources, books & tools.
- Appropriate tools and technology.
- Effective/ergonomic use of tools.

About the venue:
Roebuck Farm is a sustainable & profitable small scale working farm offering the highest quality education, consul & expertise for customers from NZ & across the world, who are interested in sustainable food production on limited land space & often with limited resources. Our farm is nestled in a sheltered valley under Mt Taranaki and only a few kilometres from the coast. Here we encourage & teach the principles of independence & self-sufficiency. Our purpose built classroom is located on-farm within the gardens allowing students highly interactive activities based around our agrarian & market garden production cycles.

​Included in your course:
Both days of the workshop are fully catered with delicious local organic produce & we can easily cater to individual dietary requirements if you notify us on enrolment.

Earlybird discounts are offered on many workshops for people who commit to booking at least 4 weeks before the course start date. These discounts are only available for purchasers who make their payment in full and upfront at the time of initial purchase.
Ask us about our couples discount.

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