Sustainable Living Centre Courses April/May

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Sustainable Living Centre

APRIL 09

Directions in Green Home Design
Planning a resource-efficient future
Wed 15 April 6.30-8.30pm $10
Johann Bernhardt, Architect, Ebode & BBE, Author of ‘A Deeper Shade of Green’

Designing a green house has a multitude of benefits such as substantial long term cost savings and occupant wellbeing whilst negating harmful effects on the environment and climate. Find out from an expert in the field the costs involved in going green and some
practical tips to consider when designing or renovating your home.

Soils Module 8 (previously Module 6)

Permaculture Design Cert
Sat 18 April 8.45am-5pm $80-$180
Finn Mackesy & Gary Marshall; Guest tutor Brendan Hoare, Sustainable Organic Systems Assoc.

Note – new booking and inquiry details for all permaculture workshops – see above. Pre-payment required.
Soil and topography; soil fundamentals – biology, chemistry, structure and microbes; growing soils; visual assessments and plant indications; composting, soil care and maintenance – monthly soil management aligned with orchards and home gardens.

Stylish DIY Nappies
A great low-cost option for new parents
Wed 22 April 11.00am-2.00pm $30
Michelle Foster, Pocket nappy designer ‘Ezpzbaby’

This workshop is a practical hands-on session where you will be provided with materials and given a design to make your own pocket eco nappy. These are a great option for parents, as they save a lot of money on disposable nappies which end up in landfill. A fantastic gift idea too. Please bring a sewing machine; white polyester thread and scissors. Basic sewing skills required. (Cost includes materials)

EDIBLE GARDEN CULTURE Part 2.
The Living Soil
Sat 25 April 8.30am-10.30am 11am-1pm (repeat) $20
Richard Main, co-founder Unitec Hort Sanctuary, environmental educator

An 8-part practical series designed to get participants up-skilled in home fruit and vege production.
This module covers: soil characteristics, soil tests, no-dig gardening, raised bed gardens, sheet mulching, double digging and preparing for shorter days. Due to demand we are holding a second repeat class on the same day.

MAY 09

Stormwater Design & Management
Module 7, Permaculture Design Cert
Sat 2 May 8.45am-5pm $80-$180
Finn Mackesy & Gary Marshall; Guest tutor Nigel Mark Brown, environmental engineer

Note – new booking and inquiry details for all permaculture workshops – see above. Pre-payment required.
Hydrological cycle; national/international best practice examples; integrated catchment management; landscape ecology; water quality; water harvesting (dams, swales, rain gardens, etc), low impact design solutions; analysis tools; community & settlement design.

Tree Systems and Agroforestry

Module 9, Permaculture Design Cert
Sat 9 May 8.45am-5pm $80-$180,
Finn Mackesy & Gary Marshall; Guest tutors Wade & Jenny Cornell

Note – new booking and inquiry details for all permaculture workshops – see above. Pre-payment required.
Introduction to forest ecology; tree crop design; species for firewood, timber, amenity, ecological restoration and habitat; forest restoration; coppicing wood lots; plantation management – pruning, thinning, harvesting; agroforestry – integration with livestock.

Sustainable Home Water Systems

Policy and Design Practicalities
Wed 13 May 6.30-8.30pm $10
Damon Birchfield, Land-use planner and sustainability consultant/researcher

Water is a precious resource. This seminar discusses both the policy environment related to water conservation in NZ, as well as the practicalities to designing a more sustainable home water system – from rainwater tanks to greywater systems. Find out how much water you could save, and how to access financial assistance when purchasing water conservation technologies.

The Beauties of Biodiesel

Fuel from last week’s fish & chip oil
Wed 20 May 6.30-8.30pm $10
Andre’ Hamman, Director NZ Ester Fuels Ltd

Imagine having a sniff of your normally stinky diesel tail pipe – and all you smell is a faint cooking oil odor – if that! Andre’ Hamman is director of a new Biodiesel manufacturing company based in Tuakau which has production capacity of 2 million litres pa. Find out about biodiesel manufacturing, hear about the possibilities for use from factory forklifts to the household runabout.

Fruit, Nuts and Berries Module 10

(prev Mod 8) Permaculture Design Cert
Sat 23 May 8.45am-5pm $80-$180
Finn Mackesy & Gary Marshall Guest tutor Derek Craig, Oak and Thistle Ltd

Note – new booking and inquiry details for all permaculture workshops – see above. Pre-payment required.
Orchard design, layout and management; selecting appropriate fruits / nuts / vines / berries; beneficial insects; planting and propagation; plant health, pests and disease; herbal lay; integration with small animals.

EDIBLE GARDEN CULTURE Part 3.

Waste to Resource Cycle
Sat 30 May 8.30am-10.30am 11am-1pm (repeat) $20
Richard Main, co-founder Unitec Hort Sanctuary, environmental educator

An 8-part practical series designed to get participants up-skilled in home fruit and vege production. This module covers: composting, and utilizing available materials in a productive and sustainable garden system. Due to demand we are holding a second repeat class on the same day.

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