One Day | Introduction to Growing Nutrient Dense Food CANCELLED


Tutor:           Kay Baxter
Date:             Sunday  5th May 2019
Time:            9 am to 4 pm
Price:            $130

Full price $130

Early bird discount price of $117 available until 28th April                      

Location:     Koanga Institute, 96 Kotare Road, RD5, Wairoa 


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Kay is absorbed by the question of “How to grow nutrient dense food in today’s world?”

This one-day workshop will give you an understanding of what nutrient dense food is, and how to test your food using a refractometer to see how nutrient dense it is.

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. 

Also included is an introduction to :

  • a definition of ‘nutrient dense food’ and the effects on our health
  • understanding mineral deficiencies and ways of rectifying them
  • the difference between ordinary and  high quality compost
  • learning how to use a refractometer to measure nutrient density and guide management practices
  • the use and benefits of biochar
  • self-sufficiency in nutrient maintenance

About Kay Baxter: Kay has been an organic gardener for fifty years and is a co-founder of the Koanga Institute in New Zealand.   Kay has a vast knowledge of home gardening, nutrient dense food production and the links between regenerative food growing and human health.  Kay has authored many books/booklets including:

and the Koanga booklets

Kay has been teaching permaculture for many years, and draws upon her experience designing, implementing and managing permaculture systems, specializing in the field of nutrient dense food production – vegetable gardens, orchards, forest gardens  and animal systems, predominantly in zone 1 and 2.  For many years her research has been focused on the connections between soil health, plant and animal health and human health, and has been focused on home gardeners techniques for growing nutrient dense food.

About Koanga:  The Koanga Institute Centre for Regenerative Living, is well known internationally for producing highly competent and knowledgeable students and teachers. For your benefit, we run multiple workshops, offer an extensive searchable knowledge-base, publish high quality books and instruction manuals, have internships, apprenticeships and multiple other learning opportunities in regenerative living, Permaculture, and appropriate technologies.

Our 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.   For a full range of what we offer, please refer to our website

Refreshments will be provided. Please provide your own lunch.

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

Cancellation Policy: Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than two 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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