Biointensive Gardening (3 Days)

Date:   28th – 30th September, 2015
Location: Kotare Village, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Tutor: Kay Baxter
Price: $450.00

The Biointensive method has been developed to maximise yield from minimal space. It is the most efficient way to grow vegetables, and the results are amazing. We use these methods at Koanga, and encourage others to do the same. You’ll leave this course with some real skills that you can use to get your garden really pumping!

The Biointensive method can be inclusive and incorporate the principles of organic, biodynamic and biological agricultural practices, and gives them a structure so that the home garden can be managed for maximum efficiency and yield. Biointensive Growing is a system that has been developed by John Jeavons after over 30 years of studying the ancient agriculture systems that actually grew soil, and great civilizations. 
He has used that knowledge together with his own extensive research to put together the Biointensive system, which is about growing the most amount of food in the smallest area for the least amount of energy used (and water), in a sustainable way that is easy for everybody.

This is a 3-day workshop covering the basic level theory and practice of Bio-intensive gardening, and an introduction to Growing Nutrient Dense Food. The workshop will cover the Digging techniques used to get the soil aerated and ready for planting, Biointensive compost techniques; Close plant spacing, Companion Planting, Carbon Farming (for sustainable soil management), Open Pollinated Heritage Seeds, and How to Grow Nutrient Dense Food in your home garden. You’ll go home after this weekend with practical skills to put into action, with a process to follow for great results. Kay is an excellent teacher, with years of experience to provide practical solutions for the home gardener.

The workshop is about 50 / 50, theory & practice. This will suit those that prefer a more hands on approach to learning. This is a great opportunity to work with Kay Baxter – an expert in her field and a great teacher.

Course Notes:

For multi-day courses all meals are provided except for breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last. We will provide access campsites for tents or caravans, composting toilets, rocket stove powered showers, washing machine, a covered dining area, teaching space and lounge, wireless internet and our reference library.

All food will be locally sourced, organic, nutrient dense, traditional and delicious. It will be prepared following the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Cancellation Policy: This workshop will be confirmed two weeks before it begins. If circumstances prevent the workshop from going ahead, enrolment fees will be refunded in full. Students who cancel their place at a workshop with more than two weeks notice will be given an 85% refund. Cancellations within two weeks of the course beginning can only be refunded 50% of the course fee. For cancellations with less than 48 hours, no refund can be given.