Learn about the soil food web and how it works to deliver plants with nutrients. In this 2-day workshop, we will cover many topics that will help you get started to grow amazing food.
This workshop is for beginners as well as advanced gardeners, lifestyle block owners and farmers interested in organics and thinking about converting from conventional farming to organic agriculture.
Location: KoruKai Herb Farm, Banks PeninsulaWhen signing up you automatically agree to the Terms and Conditions (see below).
- Basic principles of organic gardening: soil health and fertility
- The Soil Food Web and its functions
- Properties of soil, soil assessment, soil tests, food for the soil food web and your plants
- Starting a garden from scratch
- Plant succession and why this is important for our crops
- Nutrient pools in soils and nutrient cycling
- Nutrient density in plants and the importance for our health and wellbeing
- Integrated pest and disease management
- Worm farming and Bokashi composting
- Thermal compost: materials, temperature, process
- Signs of a good compost
- Compost extract and aerated compost tea
There are accommodation options right in Pigeon Bay and in Akaroa (only 30 minutes by car).
Our mission is to spread organic gardening and give people the confidence and knowledge base to grow nutrient dense food in their own backyard: spray-free, organic and nutrient dense.
We are offering one space for our organic gardening workshop to a member of a community garden for free, so that this person is then able to share the knowledge with others from their community.
Please download and fill in the application form from the bottom of this page and we will choose one person from all the entries that come in.
Applications close on 30th April, 12 noon
Tutor: Cornelia Holten
MEd (Integrative Learning), Certificate in Organic Horticulture, Herbal Medicine and The Soil Food Web
Cornelia is an herbalist and slow food educator with a passion for simple living, DIY, herbs and self-sufficiency. A certificate in Organic Horticulture, the Soil Food Web, an Apprenticeship in Herbal Medicine and living on a farm in Pigeon Bay equip her with a lot of knowledge and experience with growing food and living a healthy life.
She is teaching workshops on sustainable food systems, whole foods, fermentation, primal diets and organic gardening. A thirst for knowledge and a passion for new scientific studies keep her well informed on those topics.
About KoruKai Herb Farm
On KoruKai Herb Farm we grow over 80 medicinal herbs and turn them into herbal teas, herbal remedies and skin care products. Everything is grown spray-free and organically with an integrated pest and disease management. We grow all our vegetables, eggs, meat and some fruit for the year on the farm and sell surplus to the local community. We measure the nutrient density in our vegetables and herbs with a Brix meter and do soil tests on a regular basis to help us with decision making. We implement permaculture principles wherever possible trying to close the "loop". We have a composting toilet and use water harvesting techniques like swales on contour on our hilly block. We keep Wiltshire sheep, ducks, chickens and weaner pigs. We have a Jersey house cow and transform the milk into butter, cheese and yoghurt.
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