Sharing tips on self-sufficiency
Sheryn and Steven Clothier have been growing most of their food for the past seven years, turning former poor dairy run-off land into a place of abundance and self-sufficiency.
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.
The Tirau couple are involved with Transition Matamata, a non-profit community group promoting energy conservation and sustainable living.
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, Sheryn said.
The group’s first session of the year is a tour-discussion offering tips and advice for living off the land.
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, Sheryn said.
She said they want to invite others to come and learn what has worked for them, and discuss theories and ideas about what can work for you.
The session is 10am till 2pm on February 28 at 7 Puketirau Rd (left off State Highway 1, 4km north of Tirau).
Bring a plate to share for lunch. There is no charge but any donations will go towards community projects.
For more information, call 07 883 1898.
SELF SUFFICIENCY: Sheryn Clothier.