From selecting varieties to storing the produce, there are many factors to consider when you want to reduce your food bill and take more control of your own food supply. Transition Matamata’s first session of the year is a tour/ discussion offering tips and advice for living off the land.
Sheryn and Steven Clothier have been growing most of their own food for the past seven years, turning former dairy run-off land with poor soils into a place of abundance and selfsufficiency. Their approach is based on common sense, much discussion and research, observing Mother Nature, and trial and error.
Vegetable gardens and a range of livestock are included, but Sheryn’s passion is a collection of more than 200 varieties of fruit- producing trees and shrubs.
If you have some big pots, a few square metres at the back door, or lots of space, you can grow some of your own food. Come and learn what has worked for Sheryn and Steve and discuss theories and ideas about what can work for you.
The session runs 10am till 2pm, Saturday, February 28 at 7 Puketirau Rd (left off SH1, 4 km north of Tirau). If you wish to car pool from Matamata, meet at Railside by the Green at 9.30am Bring a plate to share for lunch. There is no charge but donations to Transition Matamata appreciated, with funds raised going towards community projects. For more information, ring Sheryn on 883 1898.
On March 19 there will be a repeat of last year’s popular session, ‘‘ Preserving 101: Bottling food for winter’’, with Mel Priest. Start freezing some of your produce now to bring along for preserving at the session. At the April 21 session, Julian Mason, Transition Matamata’s energy specialist, will discuss ‘‘ How to get your power bill down’’. Both are evening workshops. Watch the Chronicle closer to the time for details.
The documentaries shown at film nights last year are now available on loan, along with some magazines and books. Drop in to Kaimai Natural Health Centre, 79 Arawa St.
They are on a table in the reception area on a simple sign- out, sign- in honour system. Loan items are also available at the Transition Matamata stall at the Saturday market.
Transition Matamata is a non-profit community group promoting energy conservation, sustainable living, and a strong and resilient local economy. To join the newsletter email list, send your address to aquas.co.nz.