Animals are great in the garden

Animals and nutrient go hand in hand and there is no better way to fertilize your garden than integrating some small animals… writes my colleague and fellow permie Bena Denton...

I’m often surprised at peoples initial hesitation to integrate small animals into their garden. There are many ways that animals can benefit you and your backyard to help turn it into a super abundant garden bursting with an active soil life and fresh produce. Today we look at three small animals…

Yoga (inner ecology) & Permaculture (outer ecology) - A Foundation for a Healthy & Sustainable Life

The outer environment is in danger from global warming, pollution and myriad chemicals. As our toxic outer world spins out of control we become aware of the environmental dangers of disturbed emotions, disease, negative and aggressive thinking.

From Lawn to Edible Landscape in Drought-Stricken California

I just stumbled on an inspiring "ecological landscape" project in California, USA.

"The Growing Commons is a 7500 sq ft landscape that was previously a water guzzling lawn for over 50 years. In 2015, the Claremont Friends Quaker Meeting decided that maintaining such as lawn in California (especially during a historic drought) was against the ideals of their beliefs, and sought to replace their lawn with a California appropriate landscape that would also benefit the community."

New source of knowledge:

Just started a website called The idea behind it is to be a source of knowledge for sustainable agriculture. People can post their stories into the website and classify it by Country, climate, soil, and crop.

So for people in New Zealand of course the country would be New Zealand. Probably the climate would be Oceanic climate (based on the Köppen-Geiger classification Cfb). The soil and crop depends on what you are doing and what area you are.

Permaculture Teacher Training with Robina McCurdy, Finn Mackesy & Dan Palmer.

Solscape, Raglan

April 16-21st, 2016 - Prior to the National Hui in Waikato

This five-day intensive workshop will empower you to teach permaculture

Relevant to anyone teaching permaculture in any situation, you will
discover a wealth of tools and resources to support your journey as a
permaculture educator.


For those of you that experienced the outreach work of the 'Localising Food
Tour' between Oct 2012 and June 2103, attending presentations, workshops or
engaged in documentary interviews, and are curious what eventuated after
the tour, we have some news for you! After beavering away putting in
thousands of volunteer hours and Crowd Funding supported editing time,
working on the documentary material captured on the tour, the 1st of the 6
themes filmed, ‘Growing Schools’ is finally available for downloading on

Where do I plant that fruit tree?

Identifying your site’s “habitats” is the most important factor in matching the right fruit or nut tree to the right spot. By ensuring the plant has as many of the favourable conditions it evolved with as possible, it’s more likely to flourish and furnish you with a crop of fruit, nuts, or berries… writes Bena Denton, my colleague and fellow permie.

To read the whole article plus photos, click here to go to GreenBridge's blog...

Coromandel Permaculture Design Course in 2016

The popular Permaculture Design Course is on again this year at the Te Moata Retreat Centre in Coromandel. Te Moata is the ideal place for a winter course as everyone can be accommodated at the centre in comfy bunk rooms or there are also some double rooms. Cosy warm fires are an added comfort. The course fulfills the standard requirements of the international permaculture curriculum. Tutors Trish Allen and Daniel Tohill have been practicing permaculturists for many years and draw on this experience and knowledge in their teaching.


Hi from the Hui organising team. Plans are well underway for this years hui so make sure you keep Anzac weekend free for inspiration, education and fun. This year, the hui will run from April 23-25 and be located at a quiet and private retreat situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River at Lake Karapiro. To recognise the importance of the river to our region and the interconnectedness to our lives here, the theme will be Wai Whenua: Water & Land.

Summer Newsletter editorial

Well this edition is either really late or slightly early. It which means I was able to capture more of the wonderful things that have recently being posted on the website. As well as advice on choosing land from Kama of Greenbridge in Taranaki, courses in Raglan pre-Hui, and other opportunities for permaculturalists, registrations have opened for THIS YEARS HUI beside the Waikato River.


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