Sustainable Living Centre – Course Update


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.

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.

Other news and events!

Biodynamic Organic Gardening Group – May field trip

This month we are going to join the Kaipara BD group in putting down a cow pat pit at Sandie Wendt and Patrick Corfe’s place in Kaukapakapa.  Sandie has been biodynamic on her 33 acre property for 25 years.  She has a large garden, labyrinth, beehives, chooks and other farm animals and a wetland. This will be a great opportunity to explore the use of biodynamic gardening on a larger scale.

The field trip will still go ahead, rain or shine, but in case of torrential rain, please ring Sandie Wendt on 09 420 5624.

Date:           17 May 2009
Time: 10.30 for 11am
Where: Makarau Rd (driveway goes up hill beside Makarau Hall), Kaukapakapa.
Parking: Do NOT go up driveway. Please park at bottom of drive beside hall.
What to bring: Food for shared lunch
What NOT to bring: Dogs
What to wear: old clothes, boots/gumboots, raincoat/sunhat, garden gloves
Cost: gold coin koha and $10 for new BOGG members
Places are limited so please book in early by phoning Sarah on 826 4276.

Bio-diesel Co-op

EcoMatters Environment Trust is pleased to announce we have a bio-diesel co-operative operating.  We have secured a high quality bio-diesel derived from locally sourced waste oils. The oils have been put through a system in such a way that they are readily usable in almost all diesel engines without conversion. It burns so cleanly that you can’t see or smell a thing coming out of the tail pipe!

The diesel will be $1.10 per litre with an annual membership fee of $25. Once you are a member we can come to an arrangement in terms of supply. At the moment people will be able to fill up here at EcoMatters but we can to do a pick up system where you can take containers home and use them at your own discretion.

So if you do have a diesel vehicle, here is your chance to power it on a waste product and get around carbon neutral!

If interested please contact Aaryn Barlow on 826 4276 or email