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Day trip to the 'farm'

Day trip to the 'farm'

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Natural living - seeking a better way to inhabit the earth

Water for everyone

Water for everyone

Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
August 21, 2014  water  swale  contour 
Food & crops

Food & crops

We all need and enjoy food, even our food needs food. From establishing a backyard garden to a large food forest we can help guide you towards achieving some degree of food security.

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Babaco

Babaco

Details  Grown under plastic. Produces large, yellow fruit pentagonal in cross-section.Common name  Babaco, Mountain Papaya, Champagne FruitLatin name  Carica x heilborniiVariety  PentagonaHeight (m)  2Forest layer  low-treeEdible  Fruit / berries  Frost sensitive  Perennial  Propigation method  Cutting
Water for everyone

Water for everyone

Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
August 21, 2014  water  swale  contour 
Russell Lupin

Russell Lupin

Latin name  Lupinus polyphyllusDetails  This leafy plant can grow to a meter and a half with its tall colourful spires of flowers. Being a legume, lupins fix nitrogen in the surrounding soil for use by other plants making them a useful as well as attractive addition to the garden or orchard. They are also a nectar source for bumblebees and other insects.Colour  mixedPerennial  Nitrogen fixer  Propigation method  Sow directTags    nitrogen  legume  seed  Price  $4.00
Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Latin name  PhaceliaDetails  Quick and easy to grow, this fantastic bee plant can get up to a meter tall, covered in purple flowers. As it produces a large amount of plant matter it is also useful as green manure or mulch. Produces plenty of seed for next season.Colour  PurplePropigation method  Sow directTags    purple  bees  seed  Price  $4.00
Fennel

Fennel

Latin name  Foeniculum vulgareDetails  Fennel is super easy to grow requiring no care or attention. We grow it as part of our field conversion process as it can compete with grass. It produces quite a bit of biomass in a season and seeds prolifically.

Silver eye feed on the seed heads in Autumn.
Edible  Perennial  Seeds / nuts / tubers  Propigation method  Sow directTags    fennel  bird feed  Price  $3.00
Scything like it's 1809

Scything like it's 1809

Trying out some rustic scythe techniques in the orchard. No noise, no smell, just good old fashion manual labour.
The scythe is best known as the weapon of choice of the grim reaper, basically a long, curved metal blade on a wooden pole with handles. Traditionally used for mowing grass and harvesting cereal crops, the scythe has a long history in agrarian (and revolutionary) societies.
December 25, 2009  scythe  grass  tools 
Sunflower

Sunflower

Latin name  Helianthus annuusDetails  This easy to grow plant will produce a single large yellow flower 1 to 2 meters above the ground.

  • Plant climbing beans amongst the sunflowers when they are a meter high, the beans will climb the stem
  • The seeds ripen in April and can be fed directly to chickens
  • May get blown over by strong wind
Colour  YellowEdible  Seeds / nuts / tubers  Propigation method  Sow directPrice  $4.00