Harvesting & Preparing Austrian Hulless Pumpkins

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Save Your Own Seeds Booklet

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The basics of everything you need to know to save all your own seeds from based on 25 years experience in this land. Written by Kay Baxter, CEO of the Koanga Institute.


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Bio-Regional Seed Bank Internship

Feb 27 – March 10, 2017 (2 Weeks)

Learn everything you need to know to set up your own bioregional seed bank – Your future food security!

This 10 day workshop will give you the skills and understanding to grow and save your own seeds, and to ensure that the seeds you save will be high quality, for longevity and with the potential for optimal nutrition. Whether you are planning to set up a seed bank for a larger community, or would like to address food security for your immediate family, here you will find the skills and resources required. Processes taught are very low tech, and could be adapted to suit any situation, including rural villages without electricity or technology.

Organic vs Nutrient Dense Food

Organic Food

  • Cutting out all the nasty chemicals (not using pesticides, herbicides & fungicides)
  • Only using natural products that come from the environment (not synthesised) on your garden beds and plants
  • If you start with an already degenerated environment (which we mostly are) then you will be recycling the same deficiencies that exist in the natural products your fertilisers and plant applications are sourced from
  • It’s possible to be organic and degenerating the soil (I did it)

Nutrient Dense Food

  • Highest potential of mineral energy available to the plant
  • Use natural products but discover missing gaps in minerals and supplement them, not just focusing on a few, but all 84 minerals
  • Measured by Brix testing which tells us the solids per 100 units of plant sap – this allows us to test and see if our fertiliser program is effective
  • Increasing nutrient density of our plants is inseprable from increasing our soil and sequestering carbon and hummus in the soil
  • Learning to grow nutrient dense food is a journey of regeneration

Eventfinder_GNDFGrowing Nutrient Dense Food Workshops – 2016

Wellington | 6 June, 2016
Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay | 1-2 Oct, 2016
Watch for South Island Workshops in July – to be announced soon..

You will learn how our food communicates with our bodies, and how the strength and clarity of that communication largely determines our health today and for our children and grandchildren tomorrow.


Koanga_Growing_Nutrient_Dense_Food_E_BookGrowing Nutrient Dense Food

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A great guide to the patterns and principals of growing high brix food for complete nourishment and optimum health.


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Refractometer

These are the hand held tools that we use to measure the Brix or sugar content of the sap of our plants. The sugar content is a reflection of the nutrient density of our plants.

Job Vacancies Now Available – Join The Team!

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Garden Crew Member | Koanga Institute
Paid Position | 40hrs per Week

The Koanga Institute is looking for a full time permanent gardener to join our team. Do you have experience in biological/organic BioIntensive gardening and are you able to take care of 300-400 sm of Biointensive garden? This position is suitable for somebody who is great team player, but also happy working alone and also who is able to effectively manage others in your own garden.

For more in formation please contact [email protected]
We are looking to full this role within the month so if this sounds like you, e-mail us today!


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PROMOTE SOMETHING THAT ALIGNS WITH YOUR VALUES

Marketing Manager | Koanga Institute
Paid Position | 40hrs per Week

The Koanga Institute is looking for a full time permanent marketing manager to join our team. Do you have previous marketing experience, are you a clear communicator, have basic html and css knowledge, know your way around wordpress and have basic indesign and video editing skills?

This position is suitable for somebody who is great team player, quick learner and takes initiative.

For more in formation please contact [email protected]
We are looking to full this role within the month so if this sounds like you, e-mail us today!

Saving Corn Seed: 5 Things You Must Do

Saving Corn Seed: 5 Things You Must Do

  1. Grow a minimum of 200 corn plants together to maintain genetic diversity
  2. Choose the best 100 cobs from the 200 plants you grow
  3. Cut off the top and bottom of these cobs
  4. Take the seed off the middle parts of these cobs which is left
  5. Mix all your saved corn kernels together well – plant next spring

Use all leftover corn to make tortillas, posole etc. or use for chicken food

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‘Apple Tasting’ is the new ‘Wine Tasting’

This week Kay held a tasting at afternoon tea for our Koanga Institute Staff. We compared some of the apples in our collection and learnt a bit about their cultural heritage too and how they came into the Koanga Collection. Next year we’ll incorporate it into some an open day so you call can discover your favorite apple variety before planting your fruit trees.
If you would like to know more about our fruit trees we send out full info on cultivars in our July Catalogue each year. To get the catalogue become a member here: http://buff.ly/23w8Jx7