En­roll now for Twi­light Herbs Se­ries in Jan­uary

Central Leader - - Education & Training -

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.

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