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What's all the fuss about?

Since 2009 we have been practising natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable and meaningful existence that works in harmony with natural systems.

Water wise land shaping and rain harvesting

  • Visual presentation covering key concepts and strategies
  • Tour the numerous swales and water catchment systems and learn how they intercept, redirect and retain water in the landscape
  • Witness how swales and raised beds can be deployed in a food forest setting and how they benefit chickens, ducks and pigs
  • Discuss and demonstrate various tools and techniques
  • Utilising grey water and run-off
  • Mark out a contour line ready for swale construction

Suitable for 1 - 5 people. $5 for each additional person.
1 and a half hours  swale  water  education  $60.00
Visit from Tree Crops North Canterbury

Visit from Tree Crops North Canterbury

Details  We enjoyed a hot and sunny afternoon touring 11 people from the North Canterbury Tree Crops group. I think our alternative and rather unorthodox approach and philosophies were quite an eye opener for most of them...Date  November 04, 2017Tags    education  trees 
Knowledge tours

Knowledge tours

Details  Students from the Kaikoura Creation Care Study Program spent an afternoon at Blockhill touring and learning about forest gardening, water catchment and other aspects of sustainable land use.Date  May 09, 2017Tags    education 

Learn to use a scythe

This workshop covers the details of using and caring for a traditional Austrian scythe. These tools are ideal for keeping smaller areas of grass under control. You will learn about:
  • Safety
  • Correct setup for your body
  • Posture and motion for effective use
  • Different blades for different jobs
  • Sharpening and repairing
Suitable for 1 - 2 people.
45 minutes duration  scythe  education  $30.00

Create a simple flax basket

Learn how to weave a traditional Maori square basket. Made from natural flax fibre grown at blockhill, this simple pattern can be used to create baskets of various sizes. Identify, harvest and prepare flax leaves before weaving a small basket to take home.

$30 for first person, $5 each additional person
45 minutes  education  craft  weaving 
I am Cat - Popular children's book

I am Cat - Popular children's book

'I am CAT' is narrated by a shamelessly proud feline who is happy to be unique from other animals. The story touches on concepts of self esteem and uses humour to reveal some of the ways in which Cat prefers being himself above all else. With it's simple rhyming text and soft colourful illustrations, the story will appeal to preschool and primary school aged children, as well as young readers.
  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Spine: perfect sewnbound
  • Width: 280mm
  • Height: 210mm
Click the 'view photos' button to see sample images of the story.
$20.00each$15.00each if you buy 2 or more $12.00each if you buy 4 or more   book  children  art  gibson  cat 

Introduction to forest gardening

Visual presentation and lecture covering the main concepts of forest gardening followed by a tour of our established organic forest garden. You will learn more about:
  • Mixed and companion planted polycultures
  • Edible foodscapes including food forest, forest gardening and guilds
  • Plant succession
  • Beneficial insects
  • Working with chooks and ducks
  • Hand tools
Suitable for 1 - 5 people. $5 for each additional person.
1 and a half hours  food forest  education  gardening  permaculture  $60.00