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Kay Baxter nation wide speaking tour at the Mt Eden Village Centre – 17th, 19th and 20th of May

May 4th, 2014

Kay Baxter – director of Koanga Institute and world-renowned expert in seed-saving and permaculture gardening – is on a mission; travelling the length of New Zealand in a fundraising quest to save the New Zealand heritage seed.  You have the chance to listen to Kay speak when she comes to Auckland for three talks at Mt Eden Village Centre.

Kay will be doing two talks each evening to inspire and empower you. Her first talk will be ‘Future proof Your Health and Design Your own Nutrient Dense Diet’ and in the second Kay will share her journey around ‘Seeds, Humans and the Process of Co-evolution… a regenerative way forward’.

To purchase a ticket and find out more about the events, please follow the link below, tickets cost $45.00
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/kay-baxters-national-speaking-tour-tickets-11163926605?ref=ebtnebtckt

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Mt Eden Community Garden: Gardening every Sunday 2-4pm

November 11th, 2012

The garden is looking lush and green with all the new spring growth. The broad beans are fat and juicy and the crunchy silverbeet and spinach is the best! We will have plenty of strawberries this year!

This past month we have been busy with spring planting and getting compost and horse manure into the soil. We have built another planter box out of recycled pallets and a smaller box for raspberry cuttings. The compost system continues to work well (we can dig it back into the soil in 4 weeks), so bring along your kitchen waste and place in black bin #1 any time and the worms will assist in converting it into usable matter for us!

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Square Foot Gardening Course – Sun 22 April

April 15th, 2012

Square Foot Garden workshop with Waiheke’s Ken Clark
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces up to 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work and no weeding.

What to expect:
The workshop imparts practical tips on Square foot gardening technique, seed saving, organic gardening, organic fertiliser and how to maintain healthy soil for healthy plants.
You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that will assist you to set up your own SFG at home.
A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out.
Learn how to set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

Ken has been growing and living off his own plants for the past 60 years. Living on a small plot of land, using natural fertiliser and only rain water, he employs the square foot gardening method to consistently produce an excess of fruit and veges which he shares at the Waiheke market.

To register please send an email to: judith@mountedenvillagepeople.co.nz

Payment is $20.00 on the day.

To register please send an email to:

judith@mountedenvillagepeople.co.nz

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11-15 April – 11th Australasian Permaculture convergence in Turangi near Taupo

March 18th, 2012

The 11th Australasian Permaculture Convergence, running in Turangi from April 11-15th, will see more than 500 people planning, designing and creating a resilient future – through permaculture in practice: urban design, sustainable transport, community economics, seed saving etc.

Keynote speaker and co-founder of Permaculture Bill Mollison will be emphasising the imperative to address the economic dimensions of our global crisis.

“…it’s no good any longer just being an organic gardener or farmer, we have to be effective financial and political units. We have to become bankers just as we have had to become seed savers.”

With peak oil, climate change and an unsustainable monetary system impacting us from all directions, this event comes at a time when we need it most.

In addition to Mr Mollison, a range of expert local international and local speakers will facilitate interactive workshops on transforming natural and human environments into healthy, connected and sustainable landscapes.

Find out more about this event: http://apc11.co.nz/

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CCS Master Gardening program winter 2012

February 8th, 2012

Then come along to the Master Gardener course – a practical, hands-on course which teaches people to become gardeners – and gardeners to become master gardeners.  This course is accessible for every body.

The course is taught by a stunning line-up of New Zealand’s organic gardening experts and will show you how to create your own successful organic garden and contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly urban environment.

Basic topics covered include getting started and garden design using permaculture principles, soil health and how to maintain it by using various garden techniques, introductory botany, herb cultivation, composting, worm farming, growing fruit trees suited for our region successfully, managing pests and diseases by various organically safe methods, successfully saving seeds, creating food forests, and tools that make it easy.

The next course starts on Saturday 9 June and is held weekly 9:30-12:30 until 11 August for 10 weeks at CCS Disability Action at 14 Erson Avenue in Royal Oak.

Booking: Contact Scott Thiemann on 09 625 9811 or by email scott.thiemann@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz for the extended course description. Registration closes Friday, 1 June.

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Upcoming Square Foot Gardening workshop, 19.02.2012

February 2nd, 2012

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.
What to expect:
The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.
About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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December newsletter

December 24th, 2011

Dear all,

This is definitely a last minute newsletter and one more proof that it has been a busy and successful year for the Mt Village People and now it is timer to look back.

First of all we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is part of our network and supporting our vision of zero waste and a sustainable Mt Eden. We also would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their funding this year. In addition our local board has kindly supported our projects by funding 5 Hungry Bins for our local shops and 5 beehives for Mt Eden.

On behalf of our group the MEVP, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, neighbours and family and all the best for 2012

Judith Holtebrinck

Please find below a brief list of achievements in 2011 in the village:

  • Frasers Café changed to free range eggs
  • The Essential Deli has stated their commitment to  free range happy and healthy animals and New Zealand made products in big letters on their window.
  • City cake reported that they use free range eggs for their cakes
  • Chapter tearoom offers fair trade and organic tea
  • The village wine shop is selling 12 free ranged eggs for $6.00
  • We are now recycling 100 x 10 litre buckets of coffee grains each month
  • We are collecting one bucket per month of used household batteries from Civic Video
  • Pig farmers collect food waste from Frasers and KC Loo.
  • The Mt Eden Community garden has 6 more garden beds
  • The Mt Eden butcher has a new owner who offers free range meat
  • We planted a mandarine tree in front of the Mt Eden Village centre
  • We donated 100 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens in July this year and are working on giving 1000 fruit trees to Auckland next year.
  • Our sustainability workshops for 2012 are now listed on our website
  • Since 13.12.2011, Maungawhau Mt Eden is bus free!
  • We raised $470.00 for our project to plant fruit trees at our annual community celebration at the Mt Eden Community garden.
  • We have observed more people in our community planting fruit trees on their grass verges.

Things we are working on and looking forward to in 2012:

A new local recycling station: We will offer the recycling of soft plastic in one of our local shops.

We are working on a submission for the Auckland waste plan, supporting community based recycling versus handing our waste over to the big players who send it to landfill.

We are looking forward to setting up our new Hungry Bins at our local shops

We are busy raising money and collecting fruit tree planting locations on our website: www.fruittrees.org.nz, our vision is to have 1000 community fruit trees for Auckland by July 2012.

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February: Sunday 24.02.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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July: Sunday 28.07.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Grafting on fruit trees
Starting: 1.pm, duration: 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Ken Clark
Location:  Mt Eden Village

Contribution: $20.00
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Grafting with Ken Clark
In this workshop you will learn:

The different ways of grafting.
What you can graft together, success and failure stories.
What tools you need to get started

What to expect:
Ken is a master grafter and has managed to graft seven different sorts of plums onto one tree. Grafting on existing trees is one way to get a wide variety in your garden if you don’t live in an orchard. This is a great way for people in the city to get all different kinds of fruit on your trees.

About Ken Clark:
Ken has been gardening all his life with the main focus on food production. He grew up on a farm and back then you relied on your own garden to get your dinner on the table. When Ken was 12 his parents divorced and he had to take over all the major digging in the garden and his mum did the planting.

He now lives on Waiheke on a 850 m section and produces food in abundancy to feed himself and his wife. The beauty of Kens food garden is that he has a wide variety of different fruit and vegetables for the entire year.

The benefit of having your own vegetables and fruit trees in your garden are simple: you know where your food comes from and you don’t spend money on oil to get the food from wherever into your kitchen.

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October: Sunday 27.10.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Start: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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