The 2015 Beyond Organic NZ Tour

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Poster-for-web-V2If you dream of making a good living working with the land, producing healthy food and generally making the world a better place, then come and join the conversation.

Stefan Sobkowiak (see the Permaculture Orchard Film) arrives in just under 9 weeks. We’ll start with a Waiheke workshop on March 12th & 13th, then a few days later at a public meeting in the Matakana Village Hall, we’ll welcome him to Aotearoa. This will mark the beginning of a four week Beyond Organic NZ Tour that will end in Central Otago.

A fantastic crew of people up and down the country look forward to showing Stefan and his wife our fair country and to being part of the exchange of ideas around enterprise opportunities in local food production and distribution. Stefan brings extensive personal and practical experience and is also here to learn.

The Calendar is filling up and the word is getting out – and if the 2013 Food Forest Hui was anything to go by – if you want to not miss out, then get in early and book your place.


The workshops will be tailored to participants interests, but you can expect a solid introduction to permaculture-inspired orchard systems followed by in depth learning and practical activities across these topics:

•  The economics of a commercial permaculture orchard
•  The Magic Model design process – bring your property map
•  Three essentials to a vibrant soil
•  How your orchard can benefit from birds, insects and animals
•  How to see your orchard – develop new observation skills
•  Choosing a site – learn some things you may not have thought about
•  Planting techniques – do it right, do it once
•  Propagation & Grafting – grow your plant stock economically

If you can’t make it to a workshop, there will be public talks throughout the country too, so check out the calendar and mark your diary now. If you are presently creating a livelihood on the land or looking to do so, then these events are not to be missed.

facebook_icon_hand_drawnIf you are a Facebook user duck over to the Beyond Organic NZ Tour Facebook page. If from time to time you share something from there with your friends, comment on (or at least give a like to) what you see and read there, Facebook will ensure you see some of the content on your newsfeed as it gets posted.

You can read more background on Stefan, watch a trailer or buy the two hour film at, read the articles in the blog (which include some podcasts), or watch Stefan introduce his approach in this 2min video (taken from the film).


James Samuel will be travelling with Stefan and sharing the Ooooby story. This Kiwi food distribution model is now being replicated outside NZ. It’s purpose is to rebuild the local food system and ensure growers are paid a fair price for bringing quality produce to market.

Look at the calendar of events and make a booking now.

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