Save our local Polytech Courses – Act Now!

The Government’s funding cuts for Polytechs are hitting Rawene. The Level 4 SRD (Sustainable Rural Development) Course has been cancelled. The Level 3 is under threat … It was cancelled, but there is now one last chance to keep it going:

Wanted urgently
Keen people to join with other keen people in learning more about growing their own food, without money!
This is an awesome opportunity, fees free, everything provided, a National qualification,
qualifies for a student allowance! Just 3 days a week, Tues, Wed, Thursday at Rawene.
Must be over 16 and NZ resident, no upper age limit!
You have to enrol before 4 pm on wed 20th Feb, next week!
There are 5 awesome people waiting to join you, and I need 5 more.
This course will be cancelled and be unavailable to the community again if I cannot meet the deadline.
Please show that you care and that the community Does want this kind of course, it is a valuable tool preparing for the uncertain future. Also just fun to join together with others and improve your health in so many ways. Looking forward to being of service to you.
Email
krasmussen@northtec.ac.nz
Or phone 09 4057628, or just come in anytime.
Free phone 0800 162 100.

AGM FIELD DAY 10AM SUNDAY MARCH 3RD

FAR NORTH ORGANIC GROWERS & PRODUCERS SOC. ( INC.)
AGM FIELD DAY 10AM SUNDAY MARCH 3RD
10:30 meeting – Agenda: Apologies, Mins of 2012 AGM, Matters Arising,
Correspondence, Chairman’s Report, Treasurers Report, Adoption of audited
accounts.
Election of Officers – All positions on the Committee are available. Appointment of
auditor.

For this field day, which is combined with the AGM, the committee has chosen to
hold the event at our property, Crest Lane Orchard.

We are located in Pamapuria, 10km south from Kaitaia on state highway 1. Our rapid
number on the mailbox is 6934. Coming from Kaitaia you pass Pamapuria school on
the left hand side and will find the entrance to our property 250 meter down the road
on the same side, after the first paddock.
Coming along the highway trough the Mangamuka gorge you will find the entrance
to our property on the right hand side of the road approximately 300 meters after the
road sign of Pamapuria.

Ineke and Jan Arie bought the property in the end of 2006. It was run down, but
basically a well set up fruit bowl citrus orchard. Since we bought it we have worked
hard to revive the orchard. We have planted new types of fruit like lemons, limes
and grapefruit. We have started to reshaped the shelter belts, ripped the encroaching
shelter belt roots. Removing the overcrowded fruit trees is still going on. Of some
varieties we have removed 3 of the 4 trees ending up with better manageable trees,
higher fruit quality and higher yields form the same area.

Regular pruning to revive healthy growth of the trees is also taking place. Feeding
the trees with a combination of different organic fertilizers has improved the general
condition of the trees. We use a combination of Fish, Seaweed, mulch, lime and micro
nutrient.

We are also running a couple of beef cattle on 2 ha of paddock. This year we started
to improve the grass quality with a regular spray of worm farm liquid and fish
fertilizer. We use the cow dung in our compost and surplus grass for mulch in the
orchard.

We have also started to produce our own trees from seed and budding. This is a
venture which is not very successful until now, so we would like to have your input to
improve our efforts.

DON’T FORGET IT’S A SHARED LUNCH, AND DO BRING ANY PLANTS ETC
YOU WISH TO SELL/SWAP/GIVE AWAY.
SEE YOU THERE.

FAR NORTH ORGANIC GROWERS & PRODUCERS SOC.(INC)

AGM FIELD DAY

This will be held at Jan Arie’s at Pamapuria Kaitaia SUNDAY MARCH 3RD

Details will be forthcoming around 2 weeks before the event.

Please forward agenda items to Kris