Tue March 17, 9am – 5:00pm
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic are hosting a one day workshop to learn about design and systems thinking in commercial orcharding. Stefan Sobkowiak will show the benefit of using a diversity of species, understory plantings and integrated animals to increase returns through greater yields and reduced inputs.
You will need to bring a notebook, camera and a map of your property. Come ready to participate in both presentation-style and hands on learning guided by Stefan and others.
$135 per person ($20 early bird discount available up to Feb 15th).
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
What you will learn
• 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
• The Magic Model design process
• The economics of a commercial permaculture orchard
|9:00||Introduction to Beyond Organics and outline of the day||BoP Polytechnic Lecture theatre|
|10:20||Introduction to multi-layered diverse Orchard Design||Discussion and questions encouraged.|
|12:00||Lunch||Walk to Kiwifruit training block (15min)|
|12:45pm||Visit to Kiwifruit site within the Polytech grounds|
|1:45pm||Student groups engaged in design charrette with coaching & support||Group collaboration in “The Shed”|
|3:30||Presentation of Designs||Group presentations in a gallery style critique.|
|4:45||Summing up – last questions|
Stefan Sobkowiak is a synergist, permaculturist and irrepressible optimist – a man outstanding in his field. Over the last 25 years he has spoken to more than 400 groups on the themes of edible gardening, landscape design, birds and permaculture.
As a University sessional lecturer for 8 years Stefan has taught courses in Fruit production, Landscape plants and design and the Natural History of Vertebrates.
He has a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a Masters and Bachelors in wildlife biology and wildlife management respectively, from McGill University (Canada).
Stefan has 20 years experience serving over a hundred clients through his landscape design practice, specialising in attracting bird, insect and animal allies into his designs.
Over the last 6 years he has focused on Miracle Farms, the largest permaculture fruit orchard in Eastern North America, where he also raises fowl and sheep.
On this page you will find a short video in which Stefan introduces the concepts of the Permaculture Orchard – Beyond Organic.
The Beyond Organic NZ Tour is being supported by the following organisations