blockhill is an example in natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable existence that is rich in natural diversity. Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change we employ permaculture principals to develop resilient solutions for food production, shelter, energy and water.
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)
If you'd like to come and stay with us and help out with our day-to-day activities, we offer an exchange option. You give us 4-5 hours of your time and efforts per day, and in exchange you get 3 wholesome meals, snacks between meals, comfortable accommodation as well as a wealth of practical experience.
We are official WWOOF hosts and have been sharing our home and lifestyle with travellers since early 2012.
A peaceful holiday retreat surrounded by gardens and native bush. Relax in the hammocks during the sunny days or soak in the fire-bath under the night sky. A cosy cottage on a rainy day with beautiful private views looking out over the Beech Trees. Get back to nature and unwind while you enjoy the sights and sounds of country-living. A great place for a memorable holiday! Perfect for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary getaway, or a private artist's or writer's retreat. Click here to book your stay.
Per night - $95 for up to 2 guests Additional guests - please enquire (Our accommodation is not suitable for young children)
This presentation will cover the various aspects involved in the design, planning, establishment and maintenance of a small food forest and forest garden. It will also touch on natural land shaping for rainwater harvesting and converting a conventional 'orchard' to food forest.
Time: 7.30 – 9pm Venue: RSA Room, Amberley Library This is a Food for Thought discussion forum: entry is by gold coin donation.02 Mar 2015
As part of the local Cheviot Spring Festival we opened our garden to the public. Being so far out of town we didn't expect a lot of interest but were pleasantly surprised. Friday was a beautiful day and we showed a steady stream of interested people around the garden and food forest areas. Saturday was gray and a little damp but a few adventurous people made the journey and took the time to explore and learn. All up we must have shown 20 people through, many more than I had expected.From12 Sep 2014To13 Sep 2014
Working with nature to produce an edible forest garden. Mixed polyculture plantings including insect attractants, pest confusers, nutrient accumulators, green manure crops and companion plants for a healthy, disease resistant and abundant garden. We also collect and grow our own seed to produce locally adapted vegetables that look and taste great.
Helping out the bumble bees, who help us. Pollination is essential for fruit, nut and vegetable production and this often requires insects. Honey bees are having a tough time with the veroa mite so we decided to do something about it. Our bumble bee 'sanctuary' is an assortment of flowering plants selected for their flowering times and nectar properties.
The art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management. Water is the essential foundation of the pyramid of life. 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.21 Aug 2014