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The Guyton’s Food Forest (Riverton – NZ)

I picked up the phone last Sunday evening and had a most invigorating conversation with Robyn Guyton. After introducing myself, I asked her a couple of questions about the project she and Robert have been working on for over 15 years.

While humble and soft spoken, she was so forthcoming about the different aspects of their work, that I am sure I missed a few things, as I scribbled furiously, so it's just as well there have been a few articles about them that I can refer you to:

Letters from New Zealand - on the Permaculture Research Institute website

Food forest puts Riverton couple on the map - Southland Times

Food Forest NZ - on Ooooby And this wonderful recent video features Robert walking through and explaining different aspects of the forest.

But there was so much more I wanted to know. I am of the opinion that growing food using the diverse range of perennial plants we have available to us offers solutions to many of today's challenges.

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How to Build a Rocket Stove Oven

WORKSHOP: How to build a rocket stove.

Awhi farm 29 Atirau Rd, Turangi, (parallel to  Highway 1, next to Golf Club).

DATES: weekend 13-14 July 2013

PRICE: Full time150 NZD including accommodation (Fri and Sat) food and tuition. One day only $90

Please book your place by sending an email to: awhifarm3334@gmail.com
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Location / Venue: 
Awhi Farm, Turangi
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How to start a TT?

Hi. Im in Westport south island.

whats the best way to start/lobby for a Transition town?

 

kane

Great meeting tonight!

Address of June meet

PS Helen's is at 58 Meadowvale Rd, Glen Eden, and the meeting is at 7pm. :)

GETT meeting tomorrow night (the 17th) at Helens

Let the chair know if you have anything for the agenda - davianrooftops@gmail.com

Why all the fuss about food [forests]

Why are people getting excited about food forests?

Our presently dominant method of growing food through industrial agriculture is destructive to soil, water, air and people¹. Growing food using large amounts of fossil fuel energy and a system of annual cropping on turned soil, is not resilient in the face of increasing extremes of drought and flood.

I could write screeds of information to back this up, and reduce you to tears of despair and frustration to prove the point, but thankfully I don't have to. More and more people are trusting their deeply felt intuition, without the need for masses of data, that our current model is simply not sustainable (not able to be sustained).

The good news though, is that if we can transition quickly (10-20 years), to more of a forest-like food production model based on perennial plants, we can re-build a resilient food supply. In addition, as we regenerate the soil and clean up the water supply, we will be capturing large volumes of carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the humus².

Over time, this could have a significant positive impact on the climate - given that our industrial food system is currently contributing approximately 25% of the annual carbon - more than transport.

Then there are the social benefits that localised food supplies can bring. As people become involved, in the production and harvesting and processing of local food, the social fabric gets stronger and people become healthier.

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VIDEO: The Power of Just Doing Stuff

localising food tour

Dear friend

 

Aro Valley and Island Bay communities are hosting the Localising Food Tour in June 2013 and invite you to join us for one or more of these inspiring events.

 

Come along to find out about some great local projects and turbo-boost your gardening skills alongside other interested people from your community. Be part of the next phase of localising food in Aro Valley and Island Bay.

 

Programme

Aro Valley

Fri 14th June, 6 - 9.30pm

Politics of Food Security

Inspiring Local Food Resilience

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