The third stop on the South Island tour included three events in the Dunedin area. Wednesday began with a workshop at Jason Ross’ Habitate Nursery, where Stefan spent the morning sharing details of the training and pruning techniques with eager participants. Jason suggested we would see some changes as a result of what he learnt.
We ended the day with a well attended evening at Otago Polytechnic’s Sargood Centre.
Good Friday saw another full-house workshop at Central Park Farm, hosted by Toni and Brendan Meredith, who had done a fabulous job of setting up the barn for the presentations, putting on a feast for lunch and handling every little detail needed to make it a perfect day of learning and exchange.
This was a workshop of firsts. Stefan presented the economic model of his U-Pick membership model, and for the first time we had the pleasure of seeing an orchard planting inspired by the Nitrogen, Apple, Pear/Plum (NAP) trio’s that Stefan’s Permaculture Orchard has made famous.