This page will be updated from time to time as new information comes to hand.
South Island (Feb 4 – 9)
Curtis Stone arrives a tad earlier than Jean-Martin Fortier and his family, and he and I will head to Dunedin for a one day workshop at the Jubilee Park venue (Feb 4th, 9am – 5pm). See the map of 44 Maori Rd. A delicious lunch will be provided for us by Taste Nature.
I’ve been reading Curtis’ newly published book “The Urban Farmer” and without hesitation, I can say that if you are serious about profitable, small-scale urban farming or market gardening, a day with Curtis will save you time and money, by building on everything he’s learnt and has documented.
Friday evening, Feb 5th (6:45pm-9pm), is the public event with Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone at the recently opened Te Hapua Halswell Centre at 341 Halswell Rd in Christchurch. Cultivate Christchurch, The Food Resilience Network and Ooooby, will introduce their projects before Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone take the floor. This will be followed by the two-day weekend workshop (Feb 6th/7th) to be held at the XCHC – 376 Wilsons Rd, from 9am – 5pm.
The Nelson evening talk with Curtis Stone (Monday 8th 7pm) and the full day workshop the following day (Tue Feb 9th) are both to be held at Fairfield House from 9am – 5pm. Lunch and refreshments by Linda.
North Island (Feb 12 – 24)
Lunch: (12:30pm) is provided at all events along with teas and coffee mid morning and afternoon.
What to bring: Your favourite Notebook and writing instrument
Taranaki is the first stop in the North Island. First a public event at the Omata School hall (Fri 12th 7-9pm), followed by the two-day weekend workshop at Jodi Roebuck’s Farm in Omata from 9am – 5pm. If you’re coming from out of town and needing accommodation, there are campsites nearby and plenty of book-a-bach and other options in and around New Plymouth. Roebuck Farm is at 310 Hurford Rd, Omata.
After showing Curtis, JM and JM’s family a little of the country (we’ve scheduled to walk the Tongariro crossing), we’ll be heading for Thames and the Kauaeranga Valley for the last two-day weekend workshop from 9am – 5pm both days. The farm is at 80 Pakaraka 7.5km out of Thames. Pakaraka is a turn to the right off the Kauaeranga valley road. After you turn into Pakaraka, drive until you cross the red iron bridge, and then turn right. Pass straight through the farm gate and follow the parking signs.
Camping is welcome – under the Pecan trees by the river, for those wishing to camp on the property where Yotam and Niva have been growing their gardens. Simply arrive at the gate and ask for directions for parking and camping.
Then Curtis and I will be racing up to Matakana overnight to be ready for the one day workshop, at the Whangateau Hall on Monday 22nd (9am-5pm). There’s camping nearby at whangateau holiday park, and Matakana offers plenty of accommodation options.
The last workshop is a one-day event with Curtis scheduled for Feb 24th in South Auckland from 9am – 5pm at oneCommunity SHED, 283-289 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. This was a last minute booking and details are still be arranged. Stay tuned or drop me a txt or email if you want to learn more.
Organising with others
If you want to share travel costs and have some company on a road trip, I highly recommend posting your need or your offer on the Urban Farming NZ Facebook group, which is becoming a valuable resource and place to offer ideas and ask questions. Or leave a comment below.