Home­grown food

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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.

Up­com­ing work­shops

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.

Films, mag­a­zines

books

and

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.

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