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Food Forest Webinar – Nr.1 – Introduction

From a simple impulse to connect a few people in a conversation, and share some stories of progress in the food forest space in Aotearoa (New Zealand), this webinar idea gained traction rather faster than I expected.

The inaugural Food Forest webinar – from Aotearoa

Webinar 1 speakersWhen I made a post on Facebook page to say there were 35 people signed up for the Webinar, it was at about 7 days to go. To date, there have been 75 people, from all up and down the country who have signed up. Not bad for two weeks lead time.

Even John Valenzuela registered to attend. John is the horticulturist, consultant and educator from Marin County California, best known for his work with rare fruit, home gardening, trees, traditional agriculture, plant propagation, and ethnobotany – I’m hoping we can get him back to present one day. By the time it arrived I had sent notifications to 70 people.

On the day, 43 attendees logged in and saw and heard the presentations from Finn MacKesy, Jon Foote and myself (or parts of them). There were some technical issues, for example some people couldn’t get in if they arrived late. I found out that I had overlooked the limit of attendees for the subscription level I had paid for (more on that later). My apologies. But overall it went quite well - as you'll see from the recording.

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Beyond agriculture – the myths and the alternatives

Agriculture was the great leap forward for humanity, or so we’ve been told. but is it true? Toby Hemenway, in this compelling talk Redesigning Civilisation – with Permaculture, lays out a different picture and dispels the myths of agriculture as the great liberator from a life we are told was brutish and short.

At this point I feel compelled to assure you, this is not a casual criticism of agriculture or farmers. I have been one and I hold a deep respect for that culture, so if you are reading this article and have a background in rural activities, thank you for reading this far, and I welcome you to take this journey of discovery with me.

The essence of agriculture, which the origin of the word points to, is the cutting of trees to make way for open fields – to then grow large areas of a small number crops, or grass for animals. Given this suggestion the term sustainable agriculture, must surely be an oxymoron, as there are few if any areas of the earth where agriculture has been practiced for long periods of time, which do not show signs of degradation and loss of soil, water and human health. The origins of this open field approach can be traced back to thefertile crescent‘ in the Middle East - where years of grain agriculture has turned the land to desert and the soil to salt-laden sand.

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Next Glen Eden Urban Plan meet tonight...

Kia ora Koutou, the 2nd public meeting/workshop for Glen Edens urban plan is being held tonight (Thursday 4th July) at the Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office.   If anyone wants to meet before hand to consolidate more ideas before the workshop please let me know 818 8004, 022 544 4405.

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Timaru Screening of Our Green Roadie

Location / Venue: 
Movie Max, Timaru
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Martinborough screening of Our Green Roadie

Location / Venue: 
Circus Cinema, Martinborough
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Dunedin screening of Our Green Roadie

Location / Venue: 
Red Lecture theatre, Dunedin
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Birkenhead Screening of Our Green Roadie

Location / Venue: 
Birkenhead Library

Mt Victoria July meeting - Matthew King of Green Earth Development talks on composting toilets

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Location / Venue: 
New Crossways, Roxburgh St, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Taunton Terrace Community Garden

We are in the planning stages of the building of a community garden in Taunton Terrace, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.

Working group organiser is Olwyn at growyourhealth@xtra.co.nz

We would welcome more interested local people to join our group for even more inspiration and enthusiasm.

GETT meeting Minutes for June 2013

Glen Eden Transition Town Meeting Minutes 17.6.13

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