FRESHLY FORAGED SOUP
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE GARDEN & KITCHEN
Foragers gathered in the Ōtaki College Green Gardener Hannah Zwartz, to learn about what grows wild and is edible. Hannah provided sage advice on how to identify edible plants and things to avoid - such as foraging where sprays have been used or next to roads where plants might be polluted by exhaust fume. Hannah took the crew on a tour of the college garden, scouting for wild edibles, they then headed into the kitchen to turn the foraged food into a delicious vegetable soup, which filled tummies and provided a satisfying end to a wonderful morning. Ka pai te kai! Read more about foraging here.
‘ This was the best workshop of 2017, Hannah is so good and the soup was yummy.’
Hannah and Liam, of The Rubbish Trip, provided excellent instruction on how to make a range of body care products, zero waste. They artfully mixed information sharing (such as the 5R approach to Zero Waste) with hands on activities, so participants were able to make a mouthwash, toothpaste, face cleansers and body scrubs. Instructions on how can be found here:
‘Awesome workshop, have learned so much & am excited to start the new chapter with the 5R's’
‘Very informative. I really enjoyed this workshop and feel really inspired to reduce my plastic
use in my home, as well as make more of my own products. Will definitely attend more of
these workshops. Thanks to all who helped put this together’
BUILD YOUR OWN TOTE BOX
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
The MENZSHED provided an opportunity to get hands on with hammers and nails to build a toolbox to take home. A range of people came along to a session buzzing with activity! There were many proud smiling faces at the end, many people commenting on how empowered they felt to have built something themselves.
‘So great to have an opportunity to make this box and to see the kids getting stuck in, great day
‘I LOVED it I never learned practical skills like building and the MENZSHED guys have been
generous with their time and patience. I feel totally empowered to learn more Thank You’
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Get mobile get gardening: Aches and pains can hold people back from getting active in the home and garden. Feldenkrais teacher Fergus Wheeler showed some simple body exercises to improve mobility.
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Our food security relies on these tiny workers, but they are under threat. Beekeeper Pete Mackie talked about what it takes to set up a hive, Green Gardener Hannah Zwartz talked about how to help bees in the garden and Amanda Dobson got out the irons and had participants making reusable beeswax food wraps.
‘Really worthwhile workshop. Wanted to find out about the properties of bees and the starter kit. Answered all my questions’
SUNDAY 16 JULY, 1.30 - 3:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Kawakawa salve is a great addition to the first aid kit, good for everything from wounds to pimples. SandRa Timmins of Stoney Ground Herbs took us through the process of making a herbal salve, with a pot for everyone to take home, and talked about how other herbs can be used.
‘Great to see how easy it was to make a salve, enjoyed the process, people contact, and story sharing.'
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE GARDEN
Saving your own seed means developing local strains for local conditions - an heirloom that money can’t buy. Seedy Sunday is about building a culture of knowledgeable food growing on the Kāpiti Coast. It was too wet for the planned fruit pruning demonstration but we took a tour of the extensive Ōtaki College gardens and Anna Butterfield, Hannah Zwartz and Stacey Gasson from Kāpiti Seed Bank talked about this project.
WHAREROA PLANTING & BIODIVERSITY WALK
SUNDAY 16TH JULY, 9:00 - 11:00AM, WHAREROA FARM RESERVE
Young and old had a great day out, helping make some little plants happy by getting them in the ground, then going on a guided tour of Whareroa farm including a visit to the weta houses. Some adults who came had never been to Whareroa and the Guardians of Whareroa Farm were happy to gain some new volunteers - so a great day out come all round.
GEMS OF THE KAPITI COAST BY BIKE
TUESDAY 18TH JULY, 10:00 - 12:30PM, MEET AT TE NEWHANGA KĀPITI COMMUNITY CENTRE
Jan Nisbet was joined by 3 others as they ventured out on a bike ride to explore some of the hidden treasures of the Kapiti Coast. Supplied with a map the riders had to navigate their way around to complete the course.
BIKE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY, 10:00 - 12:00PM, ST PETER’S VILLAGE HALL, BEACH RD, PAEKĀKĀRIKI
FRIDAY 21ST JULY, 10:00 - 1:00PM, ST PETER’S VILLAGE HALL, BEACH RD, PAEKĀKĀRIKI
Several people came and went over the duration of this workshop to learn about how to look after their bikes. Skills learned were things such as checking your brakes, making sure your gears were changing smoothly and ensuring cables were well oiled. It was a busy morning with lots of people looking for advice and assistance on how to keep their bikes running well.
DIY HOME CLEANING PRODUCTS WITH FIGGY & CO.
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
This was an inspirational workshop held by Jane and Aimee from Figgy & Co.They shared their wisdom and knowledge about how to use everyday ingredients to make your own home cleaning products. Everyone who was there learned how to make their own bench spray and went home with their very own bottle.
‘Friendly, informative and articulate presenters. I learned a lot. Great 'hands on'. Able to take some product away. Excellent’
‘Great facilitators, lots of useful information - Easy registration process - great enthusiasm’
‘AWESOME So excited to get started using ALL your amazing products Heaps of info given, amazing ladies You have me hooked’
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Those who braved the weather learned from Hannah Zwartz how to make an asparagus bed. It takes some time but once a bed’s established you can keep picking this spring treat for 20 years or more.
‘Loved it Thanx can't wait to grow my own asparagus’
MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY
SATURDAY 22ND JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
JoAnna Mere created a beautiful atmosphere as those that attended this workshop fixed and created their own jewellery. The expertise of JoAnna was available and there were lots of beautiful beads etc to create your own masterpiece.
MAKE YOUR OWN SAUERKRAUT
SATURDAY 22ND, 1:30 - 3:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
This workshop was packed with people wanting to learn the art of how to make Saurekraut.
Jenny shared her expertise and everyone was able to make their own batch to take home!
‘Was a choice workshop. Really enjoyed learning how to make a probiotic food. Delicious would
like another workshop where we can learn how to make more probiotic food’
‘Really interesting and practical Can't wait to make more at home’
‘Nice atmosphere Well Organised Very Helpful'
‘Enjoyed very much Thank you’
‘more food fermenting/preparation Great Session, made it so easy’
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 10:00 - 11:30AM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Paper is everywhere but do you know it’s history, or how it is made? Participants learned about the origins of paper and how to turn common plants into paper pulp. Everyone had a go at making some paper from New Zealand flax, with samples to collect and take home once they were made.
‘Very Good Session Thanx’
‘I really enjoyed the workshop and would come again next year’
MAKE A HERBAL RONGOĀ SALVE
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 11:30 - 1:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Hariata Higgott ran a busy session making rongoā salve blends from plants including eucalyptus, comfrey, tarata, māhoe, calendula and kawakawa. The room was buzzing with activity and the smell of herbs and beeswax. All participants went home with their own rongoā salve uniquely mixed.
‘That was excellent Thank you’
‘Great Info and fun Lots of Questions to take away More to learn’
THE ART OF PRESERVING
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 1:30 - 3:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
Roz Dipley led a busy and productive session talking through the basics of preserving - its all about clean, air tight jars and the use of sugar or vinegar to preserve or pickle. She provided an excellent booklet to accompany her instruction, with recipes for grapefruit curd, carrot and coriander pickle and beetroot pickle.
‘ Awesome workshop, very informative, very relaxed, atmosphere of sharing. Loved the Kai, reaffirmed some of the practices I do’
LAWNMOWER MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 1:30 - 3:00PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE
It’s not often I go along on a course and within 5 minutes I’ve learned so much. Frustratingly I’ve always found my mower so hard to start. Shane Leger was a great tutor and took our small mixed group through the basics of cleaning the air filter and mower, changing spark plugs and oil, blade sharpness, the correct petrol for two stroke and four stroke mowers plus lots more. Many people brought their mowers along so they were able to do their own maintenance with Shane’s supervision and guidance. For me it was a great two hour investment.
‘Excellent Tips Thanks'
ORGANIC WEED MANAGEMENT
SUNDAY 23RD JULY, 3:00 - 4:30PM, KĀPITI COLLEGE GARDEN
Weeds are a part of every garden. Fergus Wheeler explained the difference between about good weeds, edible weeds, medicinal weeds, weeds that aren’t worth fretting over and weeds that certainly are.
'Very helpful Thanks’
‘Great advice, learnt lots Pesto was yummy’
SATURDAY 15TH JULY, 11:30- 1:00PM, ŌTAKI COLLEGE
Nina provided T-shirts, embellishments and various instructions, ideas and examples of how to bring new life into pre loved T-shirts. Her instruction was simple and accessible to all, the techniques just requiring scissors and hand stitching. The session was highly creative and fun, resulting in interesting and beautiful reinventions.
‘ I thought this workshop was really fun & enjoyable ( T-Shirt Workshop) and I would really like to do screen printing in the future’
‘Wasn't actually enrolled got enthused by the activity. Was just supposed to drop my daughter but made an upcycled t-shirt instead’