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Nelson seed library opens

May 12, 2016 – 4:00 am |

The Nelson Seed Library – a Permaculture in Nelson Group (P!NG) initiative – is opening on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Elma Turner Library. Guests will be welcome to register and borrow their first …

Beautiful tree offers 40 different types of stone fruit

April 22, 2016 – 4:00 am |

I remember my father doing a much smaller version of this when I was a little girl starting life in Rockville.  A arts professor from upstate New York has created a true work of art …

Profitable urban farming workshop comes to New Zealand – video

January 31, 2016 – 4:00 am |
Profitable urban farming workshop comes to New Zealand – video


Rock stars of local food production are touring New Zealand soon, showing how they earned six figure incomes from urban plots of land.  Read the article: Rock-star market gardeners to visit NZ on six figure farming …

Check out: Foodscaping in Switzerland

March 9, 2014 – 7:57 pm |

This is called “Foodscaping”

Geneva, Switzerland. Each yard is a vegetable garden and neighbors consult and plan what each will grow so they can trade. Imagine if we did this everywhere?
via SEED: The Untold Story & Spiritual Ecology

Christchurch Botanic Gardens wins Supreme Award at Ellerslie 2014

February 27, 2014 – 8:09 pm |

Media Release: Christchurch City Council
Christchurch Botanic Gardens have captured glory at the Ellerslie International Flower Show with a horticultural exhibit called Burn after Reeding.
Their display featuring reeds and rushes in a contemporary setting with a hint …

Urban community gardening – how a group of friends made it their success story

March 13, 2012 – 5:03 pm |

Grace Deathridge writes for Happyzine (having discovered it when she lived in New Zealand) as an Intern, and lives in the UK. In this article Grace and her new-found friends transport a neglected urban plot …


December 20, 2011 – 8:35 pm | 3 Comments

Imagine a New Zealand where everyone has plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, people’s health is greatly improved and our communities are stronger and more prosperous.
That’s the vision behind a new website launched in December …

International Hopebuilding News: Urban Farming Project in Congo Shows How Cities Can Improve Their Food Security

September 29, 2011 – 11:05 am |

Some very inspiring news gets lost in archives – we’re resurrecting some Hopebuilding stories for Happyzine readers.
Growing vegetables in five major cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo is bringing new revenue to city dwellers, …

Hand Over a Hundy: Leaving Food Growing Knowledge to the Next Generation, in Aotearoa

September 8, 2011 – 1:38 pm | One Comment

Founded in June 2010, Hand Over a Hundy is all about leaving knowledge to the next generation.  It’s a year long challenge to get young families growing and establishing their own vegetable gardens.
“Our challenge is …

Herb Profile: Wondrous Calendula – by Tricia Curtis

August 8, 2011 – 11:30 am |

Calendula Officinalis is such an easy plant to grow, so common-place, a weed really, like so many of our first aid herbal healers, and yet on further investigation this not-so-ordinary plant holds possibilities …

Lincoln University Graduate Brings ‘Power’ful Green Plan to Central London

May 19, 2011 – 6:27 pm |

18 May 2011
Lincoln University landscape graduate brings ‘power’ful plan to Central London
A Lincoln University landscape architecture graduate is set to stamp a distinctive green mark on the future appearance of Britain’s capital …

Mount Eden Village People: Changing the World Via Community Gardens

January 27, 2011 – 10:00 am |

The Mt Eden community garden is in place and ready for the 2011 and 2012 growing season. We have water now available on site and 5 raised beds. Despite the dry summer most …

Under the Soil – The World Beneath Our World

November 28, 2010 – 8:50 pm |

By Suzi Franks

I think it is useful if you know a little bit about what goes on under your soil, after all, the main stay of organic gardening is feeding the soil to nourish, the …

Pot of Fertiliser Tea Anyone?

November 15, 2010 – 4:43 pm |

By Suzi Franks

I grew up in a household where there was always a pot of tea on the back of the wood stove, in my childhood, a good hot strong cup of tea was said …

Growing UP and Upside Down in the Garden!

October 31, 2010 – 5:30 pm |

By Suzi Franks
WHOO HOO!! What a FANTASTIC Week I have had here in paradise – a beautiful week of glorious weather and I have been busy clearing the winter clutter to make way for the …

A Year Round Garden

October 17, 2010 – 9:42 pm | One Comment

By Suzi Franks
I have just finished eating my saturday evening meal – roast  organic lamb with asparagus, artichokes and baby broad beans out of my Kitchen garden – not bad for what is known as …

How to Create a Low Allergen Oasis

October 11, 2010 – 6:23 pm |

By Suzi Franks
I am blessed, because I can enjoy the scent of a bloom, nestling my nose deep inside the delicate petals and inhaling its unique fragrance. This simple act feeds my very soul, makes …

Does Climate Change redefine Spring?

October 7, 2010 – 9:49 pm |

Spring has sprung, and in my part of the world, if you’re a gardener, that  means business.  To lessen my workload I’ve re-evaluated which plants I refer to as being ‘weeds’ and instead search for …

Before You Fertlise Your Plants …

October 5, 2010 – 10:04 pm |

Like us, all plants need nutrients to live and thrive and the correct fertiliser at the right time can make the difference between success and failure. It’s sounds simple, but, there are a few ground …

Strawberry Delicious – by Suzi Franks

September 19, 2010 – 9:40 pm |

I adore strawberries, for me, next to my precious asparagus, they conjure up pictures of paradise here on Earth and when I pop one into my mouth… all my worries, troubles and infact the World …