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Want to learn more about how to live sustainably? The Sustainable Living Centre in New Lynn run excellent courses. While not in Grey Lynn or Ponsonby the course there are not to be missed.

www.ecomatters.org.nz

Renewable Energy
Exciting innovations in DIY energy production
Sunday 8 March 3-4pm – free – PART OF ECODAY SEMINAR SERIES AT HALL NEXT TO SLC
Michael Lawley – Renewable Energy Engineer, EcoInnovation
Michael is a renewable energy engineer and inventor based in Taranaki. An opportunity to see working demonstrations of a recycled Smart Drive washing machine generator, a solar hot water system, solar photovoltaic panels, wind and hydro turbines. An interesting and informative workshop and display, valuable for rural properties, baches and anyone interested in going ‘off the grid’.

EcoDay – FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!
Sunday 8 March 10-4pm    Held at Olympic Park, New Lynn.

The Sustainable Living Centre will be open all day and there will also be tours of the Trusts EcoHouse. Eco stalls and exhibitions, organic food and drinks, kids zone, music, workshops and seminars, vehicle emissions testing, tours of sustainable homes and gardens. See www.ecoday.org.nz for more info.

<<EcoDay 2009 – Poster.pdf>>

MODULAR PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE  (12 modules in total)
Urban Design & Living  (Module 5, PDC)
Saturday 14 March    8.45am-5pm    $80-$160 (pre-payment required)
Finn Mackesy – Co-chairperson, Permaculture in NZ; Gary Marshall – Landscape Architect, DJ Scott Associates Ltd
NOTE DIFFERENT VENUE: DJ Scott, 21 Graham St, City
NB: Shared lunch optional, bring a plate
This module covers: Applications and examples for urban living (suburban and medium density); engaging with local communities and councils; subdivision and development; layout and integration of urban areas/activities (social and economic diversity, transport and communication networks, energy supply and distribution, waterway corridors and stormwater, zero waste, waste disposal/re-use and sewage treatment, community, health and education facilities and open spaces, etc).

Bring Back Butterflies
How to attract native and exotic butterflies to your garden
Wednesday 18 March  6.30-8.30pm  $10
Angela Gibbons – Native butterfly breeder
Wondering where the butterflies have gone? We’re not growing the kinds of plants our native butterflies depend on. Yellow Admirals used to be plentiful in the Auckland region, now you’d be lucky to spot one. Angela is helping to save the day by breeding these butterflies AND growing and propagating the plants they feed on.

MODULAR PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE  (12 modules in total)
Climate & Atmosphere  (Module 6, PDC)
Saturday 21 March    8.45am-5pm    $80-$160(pre-payment required)
Finn Mackesy – Co-chairperson, Permaculture in NZ; Gary Marshall – Landscape Architect, DJ Scott Associates Ltd; Rilke de Vos Energy Research Engineer, National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)

NB: Shared lunch optional, bring a plate
Climatic regions of the world; Global weather patterns; Climate change; Atmospheric conditions; Designing for local climatic conditions – climate responsive design, insulation and heating; Micro-climates – shelter, shade, sun traps, harnessing the wind; Urban weather patterns and atmospheric conditions – acid rain, urban heat sink, wind patterns and tall buildings.

EDIBLE GARDEN CULTURE  (8 part series)
1. Edible Garden Planning and Practice    BOOKED OUT – SEE BELOW FOR FUTURE WORKSHOPS
Saturday 28 March     10.30am-12.30pm     $20
Richard Main Environmental educator, co-founder Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary
This is the first workshop of a new 8 part edible gardening series for 2009. Richard Main is an enthusiastic and experienced environmental educator and co-founder of the Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary. In this mainly hands-on practical workshop, participants will be introduced to ideas around working with nature, propagation techniques, planting and an abundant summer harvest.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in any of the Edible Garden workshops below, we will pencil you in.
Dates yet to be confirmed, but they will generally be held on the last Saturday of the month.

Edible Garden Culture 2009
Through the seasons of the year
With Richard Main
Explore practical ways to creating edible home gardens for healthy living. This is an eight-part practical series – outlined below.

1.  Edible Garden planning and practice – Sat 28 March  BOOKED OUT
2.  The Living Soil – April
3.  Waste to Resource Cycle – May
4.  Cultural Practices – June
5.  Winter reflection and Inspiration – July
6.  Plant Health – August
7.  Spring Action – ‘a  fine sense of timing’ – September
8.  Implementing the summer edible garden –  October
About Richard Main
An environmental educator and former Manager and co-founder of the Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary from 1999 to 2009.
Richard has been teaching organic horticulture and sustainability related subjects at Unitec for 10 years. He has chaired the local small growers organic scheme, Organic Farm NZ, and run community based education courses since 1998.

Bike West Fest – Free Entry
Corban Estate, Sat 21 Feb 10am-12midday
Ride on along for prizes, family ride, fun activities, bike maintenance and cycle safety.
Snacks provided, BYO water bottle.

CHEESEMAKING COURSES
26 February 7-9pm    Artisan Wines, 99 Parrs Cross Road, Oratia, Waitakere
‘Cutting the Curd’ with Katherine Mowbray
CAMEMBERT & MASCARPONE INTRODUCTION TO CHEESEMAKING
Thursday 26th 7-9pm Cost: $45 pp includes wine & cheese tasting
CONTACT: Maria Lempriere: maria@wheturangi.co.nz or phone 027 232 5554 for more information. Gift Vouchers available.


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