Albert Bates - Bio Char Solution
Saturday, 21 April 2012 at 7 pm
at the CCS Disability Centre, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
Cost $20 waged, $10 students and unwaged, bookings essential
This is a rare opportunity to hear this internationally recognised author of The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and numerous books, films and news media on energy, environment and history.
In this talk Albert will speak about biochar which is created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen and has the unique ability to withhold carbon from the atmosphere while simultaneously building soil fertility. Albert will trace the evolution of this extraordinary substance from the ancient dark earths of the Amazon to current practices.
Albert is a former environmental rights lawyer, paramedic, brick mason, flour miller, and horse trainer. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1980 as part of the Steering Committee of Plenty working to preserve the cultures of indigenous peoples, and is on the board of directors of The Farm, a pioneering intentional community in Tennessee.
A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, presently GEN's representative to the UN climate talks.
Seed Saving Workshop
Michel and Jude Fanton - Founders, Seed Savers Network
When: Saturday, 21 April 2012, 10.00 - 4pm
Where: CCS Disability Centre, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland
How much?: $20 waged, $10 students and unwaged
Jude & Michel Fanton are passionate seed savers who have run the national Seed Saver's Network in Australia for over 25 years. They have also worked on, documented and researched seed saving in 38 countries, trained seed savers, written books and made films to pass on their vast knowledge.
This is a rare opportunity to spend a day with this internationally recognised couple.
Limited to 50 participants. Bring food to share for lunch.
Growing Gourmet Mushrooms Commerically with Albert Bates
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Awhi Farm, Turangi, 10 am
We will hold a hands-on workshop on cultivating oyster mushrooms or the delicious and popular Japanese forest mushroom, shiitake, on natural hardwood logs. Albert Bates is the owner of Mushroompeople, the USA's oldest speciality spawn company. We will talk about the business, take questions, and provide a hands-on experience to anyone interested in growing gourmet mushrooms commercially.
Building Sustainable Relationships
"Building Sustainable Relationships – Working with Difference and Diversity"
In this one day workshop 'Building Sustainable Relationships' we are exploring ways to transform conflict into 'opportunity'. It is the aim of the workshop to raise awareness and to develop an empowering set of skills, which will enable participants to positively work with difference and diversity.
When: Monday 16 April 2012, from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Tauhara Conference and Retreat Centre in Taupo
When: April 26-29 April
Where: Awhi Farm - Turangi (near Taupo)
Learn how to build your own earthbag shelter designed for New Zealand conditions. Design for high rain fall and seismic conditions.
Roundhouse Construction Workshop
Take your home with you!
Where: Awhi Farm – 29 Atirau Rd, Turangi
When: April 23-25 2012
No need to wait to own land. Your home will move with you.
Other people spend a small fortune to build their home. Learn to build yours for a fraction of the cost.
Starting with 27 poles, we'll build an entire roundhouse in three days. You'll also see our different designs and uses of roundhouses at Awhi Farm centre.
Permaculture Design Certificate Course Coromandel
Permaculture Design Certificate Course
11-25 May 2012
Te Moata Centre, Tairua, Coromandel
$1,500 fully inclusive of tuition, accommodation and food
Tutors: Trish Allen & Daniel Tohill (who will both be presenters at APC11)
14 day intensive residential course. This Course fulfils the standard requirements of the international curriculum. All participants who complete the course will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.