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Permaculture designers converge at the NZ Food Forest Hui

Submitted by on August 26, 2013 – 4:02 pm


Ten of the best permaculture designers from around the country, are converging on Auckland from September 26th-28th to offer New Zealand’s first three day Food Forest Hui and Training.

If you hold a permaculture design certificate (or have extensive experience in this area) and are interested in learning more about how to design and implement food forest systems, and to help create short courses to share with others, then don’t miss this event.

The aim of this event is to build a brigade of Food Forest consultants. We want to empower people with a kit of tools and knowledge to:

  • Teach “how to” courses to help others start the journey
  • Promote themselves to potential clients
  • Manage client relations
  • Assess and design a food forest
  • Confidently proceed with its implementation
  • Know where to source the stock, materials and further knowledge
  • Keep in touch and share learning

The opportunity is to become educated in the many aspects of food forest design and implementation as well as the business of supporting the growing number of people who need help. Come and hear from others who are involved in small and large food forest projects and share in the learning.

Moving away from the practice of turning soil to grow annual crops is becoming more logical in the face of more extreme weather events. When land is covered with multiple layers of vegetation (food), it is not so vulnerable to drought, as the water in the soil is not so susceptible to evaporation from sun and drying winds. Likewise in heavy rain or flood events sediment is more likely to be deposited, rather than soil being washed away. Add to these benefits the massive reduction in energy needed to produce food in this manner, and it’s hard to resist.

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