Enroll now for Twilight Herbs Series in January
One of the features of South Pacific College of Natural Therapies that’s not readily visible from the road or footpath is its specimen herb garden - a resource for the teaching and learning that occurs at the College. One of the largest medicinal herb gardens in New Zealand, it has been established on sustainable and organic principles. Students help maintain the garden as part of their programme requirements. One of the courses students complete is Herbal Cultivation, which involves growing, propagating, cultivating and harvesting herbs. They also learn about appropriate tools and methods of maintaining a garden organically.
Besides taking an active part in keeping the garden in excellent condition and weedfree, staff and students benefit from being able to pluck a herb or two for making teas, salads or garnishes. Students can also utilise herbs at exam time - lavender for calming, rosemary for remembering.
The garden features a worm farm which utilises kitchen scraps and green matter, from which the worms produce worm tea to fertilize the garden. There are also compost bins and a water tank for collecting rain water. Beneficial insects are encouraged into the garden environment by appropriate planting, and soap wort grows beside the garden tap for a quick clean-up after weeding.
The College is accepting applications for the February intake of the Diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medi- cine, and the BHSc (Complementary Medicine).
If now is not the time for you to commit to full time study, you could still share this wonderful living resource by enrolling in one or more of their ‘Twilight Herbs Series’ in January.
Each evening course will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Healthy Herbs on Monday January 19, teaches what herbs to grow, how to grow them and simple first aid for your garden. Sustainable Gardening om Tuesday January 20, shows you how to make good compost, worm farming and recycling, and creating a healthy garden environment.
If you would prefer to know how to use herbs once they have grown, they are also offering two practical courses: Teas and Poultices on Tuesday January 27, and Creams and Lotions on Wednesday January 28, where you learn about everyday and medicinal use of herbs for the family.
Contact the College for more information, on (09) 579 4997, or visit our website at www.spcnt.ac.nz. Mark your diary now, as these popular courses have limited space.
Growing concern: South Pacific College of Natural Therapies has one of the largest medicinal herbal gardens in the country.