Monthly Archives: December 2015

Organics Course 2016

2016 looks set to start very well. Just thought I would let you know our Agriculture New Zealand ‘Go Organic’ Level 3 Horticulture Course is due to start at three different venues next February.

I’m the tutor for ‘Go Organic’ and come from a long background in education, art and putting food on our own table. We have a smallholding in Puhoi with a young but fast growing food forest.

The course runs for 36 weeks over one year, one day a week (but not school holidays). Our day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 2.30pm.

Venues to choose from:


-Te Whare Oranga o Parakai, in Parakai, on Tuesdays ( Orientation on 2 February )

-Grey Lynn Community Centre, on Wednesdays ( Orientation on 3 February )

-Devonport, Harmony Hall, on Thursdays ( Orientation on 4 February )

If you miss a class at one venue you will be welcome to ‘catch up’ at the other venues.

The course fee is $300 because the government generously subsidises the other couple of thousand. I can vouch for the content having done the course myself. It’s a sturdy industry qualification in Organic Horticulture, preparing people well for starting their own organic operation or small business, or working in nurseries, parks, farms, gardens and orchards. There’s an opportunity to carry on to Level 4 in future years ( 2017).

more information is available from


freephone: 0800 475 455

Please pass this on to those interested, if you feel it is appropriate. I hope the Summer Break will prove to be slow, hot, sunny and productive for us all. We have great plans for a hillside clad in pumpkins once again.

Hoping that you have a restful festive season.

Warmest wishes,

Julie-Anna Child (Jules)

Kauri Ridge, 152B Green Hollows Rd, RD1 Silverdale, Auckland 0994, New Zealand.
Mobile +64 21 373 910

Tutor of Organic Horticulture with Agriculture New Zealand

Help: Too Much Grass!

We need to get some animals to graze a couple of acres. We would be happy with goats or sheep or cattle. Anyone who is interested can contact Cathy on 0275 775468 or Justin on 027 7000673.

Puhoi: Party Town

The annual Puhoi Street Party, run by the Puhoi Community Forum, this year, will be back to the old site in the hall garden, on Thursday, December 10 at 6pm. This a bring -your- own- picnic- basket and get to know your new neighbours.
We can use the kitchen and the toilets or the whole hall if it is wet.  This is a free service to the community by the Hall Committee, and we are most grateful for this kind donation. There is a wedding the next day, so we just need to be sure the hall is left clean and in good order.
Kind regards