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Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: KoruKai Herb Farm, Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula
Price includes a delicious, healthy and nourishing lunch and an informative weeds booklet.
When signing up to this workshop you automatically agree to the Terms and Conditions (see below).
Cornelia states that "after this foraging tour, a walk in nature will NEVER be the same. When I learnt about the wild edibles growing around me, it was like taking off a blindfold and being able to truly SEE."
We will guide you on a foraging tour around KoruKai Herb Farm. We will forage around the herb and vegetable gardens for edible weeds, which are growing abundantly in most gardens, at the coastal margin and parks around New Zealand.
Vegetables in the supermarkets have lost up to 80% of their nutritional value* compared to food that was available just over 30 years ago. Adding edible weeds high in minerals and vitamins to your diet is cheap, delicious and easy to do. We not only feed our bodies with highly nutritious food that has not been tempered with through breeding techniques to increase shelf life and transportability, but we also feed our soul, reduce stress and reconnect to our primal inner being. For millions of years humans ate what they gathered on a daily basis. That we are removed from growing and foraging our food and are now buying it from a supermarket is only a blink in the timeline of human evolution. Connecting to our roots can have a significant effect on us.
During this foraging tour you will learn about many plant species that are edible and that you can incorporate in your daily diet.
This is an informative morning where you will learn about many edible, nutritous and delicious weeds.
We will identify the weeds, gather and prepare them for a delicious and nutritious lunch (lunch included in the price).
You will also receive a booklet containing over 15 edible weeds in detail with images, nutritional and medicinal value.
Come along to our stunning place in Pigeon Bay and be inspired to use nutritious weeds growing around you. While we forage and gather weeds for our lunch we will also point out some permaculture features on our property and explain some organic gardening techniques.
On KoruKai Herb Farm everything is grown spray-free and organically with an integrated pest and disease management. 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.
*Various reasons are the cause of this tremendous loss in nutrition:
Please note: This is also the case for most organic produce.
Knowing where your food is growing will become more and more important in the future!!! We also offer gardening workshops to give you the know-how to grow your own food and be nourished.
Tutor: Cornelia Holten
With a background in teaching and a Masters Degree in Montessori Education, Cornelia is well equipped to present her knowledge in a fun and informative way.
A Certificate in Organic Horticulture, 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. Together with her husband Kai, who is the bee-keeper, mushroom-grower and permaculturist in the family, they raise their two children on a block with 15 acres. They grow all their vegetables, raise animals and run their herb farm business KoruKai.
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