Top of the South

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The first stop in Motueka was at Doug’s 15 Hectare Pear and Organic Kiwifruit Orchard, ‘Walnut Farm’. this was the backdrop for learning how to move from a single species orchard to a polyculture orchard. Stefan Sobkowiak described the benefit of using a diversity of tree species and understory plantings to increase returns through greater yields and reduced inputs.

It was a pleasure to have a range of skills and interests present, including experienced permaculture tutors and practitioners like Robina McCurdy and Petra Stephenson, who expressed appreciation for all the new learning they received.



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