Fertile Gardening


TUTOR – Ron Sperber
SUPPORT TUTOR – Buffie Mawhinney

In this full day workshop we will cover the fundamentals of organic food production starting from the design of a garden to the ongoing management and maintenance of it. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn by doing and work ‘in the field’ applying some of the key principles and skills needed to grow food, fibre and fuel sustainably in New Zealand. This workshop is ideal for anyone serious about organic gardening and producing food for themselves, their families and their community.


Introduction to – Designing gardening systems for your soils, site and personal needs; Site management; Biological services and feedback loops – pest control, nutrient flows, and fertility; Herbs and perennials; Crop rotation / green crops / herb lays; Plant health, pests and disease; Year round food production.


  • Understand the fundamentals of soil fertility, nutrient cycling, diversity and plant health
  • Develop an understanding of designing and managing organic food production systems
  • Apply the day’s learning to practical gardening activities
  • Identify opportunities and challenges to applying the day’s learning
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00
More Info: