|Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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I have always been a gardener, and my life's work has been saving the heritage seeds of New Zealand, and finding practical solutions for home gardeners, for growing healthy soils, nutrient dense food and nurturing the culture of gardening and simple living in New Zealand.
In 1997 I co-founded the Koanga Institute, where I am presently the CEO, teaching apprentices and working to ensure that our enterprises support the work that we are doing, maintaining and distributing NZ's largest collection of Northern bio-region heritage fruit trees, and a national New Zealand heritage seed collection.
In 1983 I was inspired by Bill Mollisons presentation at the NZ Tree Crops association conference, and attended a Permaculture design course the following year with Max Lindegger and Lea Harrison. This started an ongoing passion in collecting first heritage fruit trees and a small nursery, and then heritage vegetable seeds.
My work has been featured in many documentaries over the years and I have written several books and guides for home gardeners.
* The Koanga Garden Guide
* Design Your Own Orchard
* Change of Heart:The Ecology of Nourishing Food
* Save Your Own Seed
* How to Grow Nutrient Dense Food.
I am currently strengthening the Koanga Institute's ability to inspire gardeners to produce nutrient dense food, and process and prepare food in accord with traditional principles (in association with the Weston A. Price Foundation) to develop our capabilities in simple sustainable living.
I am currently working on a garden design process guide, which will be published shortly, using pattern language. This will help people design their gardens so that they automatically follow all the critical principles to make it sustainable for the long haul.
Big changes in my garden in the past few weeks,
Spring is well and truly here! we are all a little scared to feel and acknowledge it after the past 8 months of rain! It is sunny and warm, chicken pumping out eggs, muscovies beginning to nest, along with the Weeder Geese, and bees humming.
For 30 years our family has been actively involved in breeding heritage chickens. We were lucky enough to have begun this project whilst there were several old time “chicken men” still around in Northland, New Zealand where we lived then.
Thorny Croft is an 8 hectare ‘small farm’, being established by Bob Corker and Kay Baxter. It is ‘Thorny Croft ’ because of the hawthorns which we love, and it is a ‘croft’ in the traditional sense of the word, in that it is it is a diverse and integrate
It’s mid-Winter here right now and the garden has slowed right down, taking a big breath. There is a load of food in the garden, and not much work in the garden for a few weeks yet. Winter here is a lot colder and far more frosts than Northland!
I'm off to Australia to teach a range of workshops at the PRI and an evening talk in Melbourne. The workshops areSeedsaving and food security, Bio Intensive gardening, and cooking and Preparing Nutrient Dense Food. Our new internship program begins in Sep
How Do you get 10,000 IU of Vitamin A ( the amount indigenous people's had in their diets and the amount recommended by the Weston Price Foundation ) each day ?
I'm excited about my new Garden Planner due to be released in September this year
We have an exciting group of people here this weekend, as the finale of our Appropriate technology Workshop
|Permaculture Design Course
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
|Verifying teacher: Max Lindegger
|Other Teachers: Max Lindegger, Lea Harrison
|Date: Feb 1984
|4 PDC Graduates (list)
|0 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
|45 Other Course Graduates (list)
|have acknowledged being taught by Kay Baxter
|2 have not yet been verified (list)
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