Koanga Seed Week


1st to 6th March 2020

Tutors:        Kay Baxter, Michele Griffiths
Location:    Koanga Institute, Kotare Road, Wairoa 

Full price $920

Early bird price of $828 available until 3rd February 2020

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

This seed week 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.

A critical part of this week is the experience you will gain at planning seed gardens or food and seed gardens and the practical experience you will gain by working in our processing facilities.

Workshop Outline Includes:

  • Inspiration to connect with the circle of life, the process of co evolution, your own ancestors and the earth in the place you stand
  • History of Seeds
  • Why save seeds
  • Which are the best seeds for us to be saving
  • Where do we find them
  • Planning gardens for seed saving
  • How to grow high quality seeds
  • Admin systems for small scale seed saving
  • Equipment and storage
  • Cleaning and processing seed
  • Packing seed

The welcome will commence at 4:30pm on Sunday, so please arrive any time from 3:00pm onwards, allowing you time to set up your tent/sleeping space and get settled.

The plan for Sunday is:
4:30pm            Welcome
5:00pm            Tea and walk facilities together
6:00pm            Dinner
7:00pm            Introduction circle

Meals Included Here at Koanga we are very aware of how important food is to eco-systems, people, cultures, communities and ultimately our health. 

All food served on our courses is:

  • Locally Sourced
  • Organic
  • Unrefined
  • Nutrient Dense
  • Traditional
  • Prepared following Weston A. Price principles 

We will not be catering for food preference or intolerance. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact us with your queries contact@koanga.org.nz so we can further discuss.

Camping Facilities Included We have set this workshop up so you are able to camp onsite and use our facilities. You’re also welcome to stay somewhere in Wairoa at your own cost, if you prefer. If you are coming from far away and wish to arrive the night before and leave the day after the workshop you will need to let us know. Usually people arrange their own food and their own cooking facilities during this time.

About Koanga: The Koanga Institute, the Permaculture Research Institute of Wairoa New Zealand, is well known internationally for producing highly competent and knowledgeable students and teachers. For your benefit, we run multiple courses, offer an extensive searchable knowledge-base, publish high quality books and instruction manuals, have internships, apprenticeships and multiple other learning opportunities in organic living, Permaculture, Thorny Croft animals, appropriate technology and alternative building methods.

The workshops, apprenticeships and internships are for anyone interested in living sustainably, designing their own lives and empowering change in their communities. Koanga Institutes range of leading edge courses impart knowledge and practical skills that will empower you to be more self-reliant and resilient in supporting your family and your local community. These include learning about growing highly mineralized microbially active soil, the basis for nutrient dense food (beyond organic) and holistic health, preparing and acquiring nutrient dense food, many other workshops

Please note: The Workshop will be confirmed two weeks before it begins. If circumstances prevent the Workshop from going ahead, enrolment fees will be refunded in full.

Payment Options: We can offer an option for you to pay off the Workshop in installments; providing that the workshop has been paid for in full no later than 2 weeks before the start date. To ask further questions, secure your place or organise payment options please e-mail contact@koanga.org.nz

Cancellation Policy: Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than three weeks notice will be given an 85% refund, however cancellations after this time can only be refunded 50% of the course fee. Cancellations with less than 48 hours, no refund can be given.


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