School’s gar­den project

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The stage is set and the dig­ging be­gins Fri­day at St Joseph’s Catholic School.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is pleased to be help­ing the school de­velop a vege gar­den which will be tended by stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents. The project is gen­er­ously sup­ported by Dal­tons. Steve Simp­son and Ben Troughton, Tran­si­tion Mata­mata gar­den­ing spe­cial­ists, have done some ini­tial prepa­ra­tion and the first work­ing bee is set for April 24 at 2pm.

The ap­proach will be one of bioin­ten­sive gar­den­ing – an or­ganic agri­cul­tural sys­tem de­signed to get max­i­mum pro­duc­tion in an ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able way.

The sys­tem, which in­creases bio­di­ver­sity and sus­tains fer­til­ity of the soil, in­cludes deep soil prepa­ra­tion, crop ro­ta­tion, com­post­ing, car­bon crop­ping, the use of her­itage seed, and rais­ing your own seedlings.

Any­one wish­ing to help out or just learn about bioin­ten­sive gar­den­ing is most wel­come to come along.

Those who would like to help can ring Steve on 021 052 4292 to find out what to bring.

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This work­shop is set for Tues­day, May 19, 7pm in the staff room at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School.

Ju­lian Ma­son, Tran­si­tion Mata­mata’s en­ergy ex­pert, will of­fer prac­ti­cal tips and ideas to re­duce power use and save you money.

The ses­sion will cover no-cost ac­tions you can take, light­ing op­tions, in­su­la­tion, so­lar hot wa­ter heat­ing, so­lar elec­tric and more. Cost of the ses­sion is $10. No reg­is­tra­tion re­quired and you can pay at the door.

‘‘Awe­some tu­tor and awe­some bunch of peo­ple’’, was the feed­back from one par­tic­i­pant in Melody Priest’s March Pre­serv­ing 101 work­shop held in Mel’s class­room at Mata­mata Col­lege. The hand­son ses­sion in­structed in the ba­sics of pre­serv­ing food, with all par­tic­i­pants tak­ing home jars con­tain­ing the fruits of their labour.

The use of col­lege fa­cil­i­ties and their help in tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions was ap­pre­ci­ated and just the kind of sup­port Tran­si­tion Mata­mata needs.

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, to see what’s in stock. There is a ta­ble in the re­cep­tion area with th­ese re­sources and a sim­ple sign-out, sign-in hon­our sys­tem.

Gray Poka and son Te Kore in ac­tion at the Pre­serv­ing 101 work­shop. Photo: SUP­PLIED

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