Stefan Sobkowiak – Beyond Organic

This two hour interview makes for an important addition to the knowledge shared in the Permaculture Orchard film. In it Stefan talks about the next piece of the puzzle, soon to be released from Miracle Farm.

The podcast which has just come online, would have gone longer if Stefan hadn’t excused himself to join a scheduled conversation with John Allan of APW and myself. We needed to talk about the Masterclass Stefan will be leading at Unitec Auckland next year, as part of the Beyond Organic NZ Tour.

Stefan looking seriousFor New Zealanders the survivalist concepts that are promoted in the lead-in may seem foreign, and you can of course skip them and jump to 8m:40sec, or you may wind up asking, what’s happening in the USA? What’s being expressed there is an expression of people responding to the increasing uncertainty and rapid change that is underway across the world – we’re just each experiencing it differently.

Now, onto the interview on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko.

Up front we hear about Stefan’s background and having a Masters degree in both Biology and Landscape design, before learning what got him inspired to set up a Permaculture Orchard. We find a man with a deep desire to maximise the positive impact he can have on the world around him, and as the minutes turn into hours, we start to appreciate the gifts he’s offering.


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Weekly Eco Market in New Brighton

New Brighton Project is currently working on establishing NZ’s first weekly Eco Market in New Brighton

which will be launched on the 31st of October, 10am-2pm.

We are still looking for stallholders, workshop presenters and non-profit organisations who would like to be part of this exciting venture.

Here some examples of what we are looking for: » Read more

Business for sale

Organic food retail outlet in Timaru.

Perfect lifestyle for someone who loves good food and enjoys quality customer contact. Only Natural Limited has been trading for four years and we have an excellent relationship with our customers and suppliers. This is a great opportunity for you to build on the groundwork already done and use your creative flair to take it in whatever direction you desire. Telephone Ingrid in confidence on 03 686 6613 or email

Property for rent

Extensive organic home orchard and gardens in fine production surround a private, spacious and sunny 3br house, sleepout and double garage nestled close to bush, 3 min walk to lovely Pohara beach and 10 min drive to interesting Takaka town. Golden Bay has a beautiful climate, stunning environment and is home to a community of fun-loving and pro-active people. This property is available from early May for some years and would suit folk able to generate their own income as job opportunities are scarce and seasonal in the Bay. » Read more

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Ongoing work is being done on the timelines. There are three, all accessible from the link above. Te Matuku Bay, Big Picture, First Draft.

The plan is available to be collaborated on. It can be viewed here. If you would like to help write the plan, please drop me a note on my page of the Waiheke CSA site. » Read more

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSAs come in various flavours but essentially they involve a variety of partnerships between farmers and consumers, in which the consumers buy products directly from the farm, and pay for them in advance. Farmers do their best to produce food in sufficient quantity and quality to meet the consumers needs. Consumers in turn assure the farmers salary and in return receive a regular supply of a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits (in time we plan to include eggs, meats and possibly more). » Read more

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