Food Forest Workshop (August)


Dates to be confirmed soon!


Whether you are urban or rural you can learn to ‘think like a forest’ and have an abundant multi-storey garden which can provide you with not only food but fuel, medicine, fibre, dye plants and more, and all for a lot less work than a classic vege garden.

Our two day Food Forest Workshop covers the history of designed food forests including syntropic design, and takes you through options for your own design process, implementation and maintenance stages. It includes aspects such as site assessment, shelter, water management, soils, designing in fertility and pest control, the seven layers of planting, guild design, appropriate species for various climates (primarily focused on Hawke’s Bay), plant propagation and sourcing, and integration of animals. We’ll tour our site which includes certified organic nursery, food forest, permaculture home gardens with many features applicable to food forests in urban areas, silvopasture, established swales, terraces and ponds, and get to taste test some of the plants! We’ll also see the vege gardens and food forest at the school.

What you get:

  • Tuition – theory and practical sessions
  • Site visits – tour the Kahikatea Farm food forest and see what works for us, and what we’d do differently!
  • Comprehensive resource book
  • Organic morning and afternoon tea
  • 10% discount on any nursery plants bought at the workshop

When: Sat  9am – 4.30pm & Sun  9am – 4pm

Where: Classroom based at Poukawa School with site visits and practicals at Kahikatea Farm less than 5 minutes away. Poukawa is in Hawke’s Bay, 20 minutes south of Hastings or 20 minutes north of Waipawa.

Cost Options – Please select the correct option when you add course to your shopping cart:

Earlybird rate – bookings before July 27th

$380 per person

Couples rate:  $700 (2 people learning together)

Bookings after July 27th:

$400 per person

Couples rate:  $750 (2 people learning together).

Cancellation policy: If you have to cancel a course or workshop place more than 2 weeks before the start date we will give you a full refund minus a $10 admin fee. If you cancel your place within 2 weeks of the start date no refunds will be given but a course place may be taken up in the future on the same or other course or workshop, or you may transfer the place to a friend. We reserve the right to cancel a course if there are not enough registrations or for other reasons. A full refund will of course be given.

Please note we have no accommodation available at the farm. If you need local accommodation whilst you attend a course or workshop, check out accommodation-options-near-Kahikatea-Farm

Additional information

Choose Amount - see end of course/tour description for how to choose the correct rate

380 earlybird, 400, 700 couples earlybird, 750 couples