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.

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