Learn­ing about poul­try

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - SHARON STEVENS, RE­CAP

When I was a child, vis­its to friends al­most al­ways in­volved home tours; now, I’m more likely to be shown the gar­den.

Take Jo, for ex­am­ple, whose back gar­den is reg­u­larly in­vaded by trades­cantia com­ing un­der the fence. Jo’s in­ge­nious so­lu­tion was to cre­ate a fenced chook run along the bor­ders of her most prized plant­ings. Good-bye weeds; hello free greens and healthy hens!

Trades­cantia and poul­try: these are the sub­jects of two upcoming events with RE­CAP, the So­ci­ety for the Re­silience and En­gage­ment of Ash­hurst and Po­hang­ina. All are in­vited to cel­e­brate Earth Day by help­ing weed trades­cantia from the Ash­hurst Do­main.

Our fo­cus will be re­leas­ing gi­ant maid­en­hair fern on the bush floor. Trades­cantia con­tains a mild skin ir­ri­tant, so vol­un­teers are ad­vised to wear pro­tec­tive gloves and shoes and cloth­ing that cover the skin. No tools are nec­es­sary, but bring a wa­ter bot­tle and dress for the weather, rain or shine.

Vol­un­teers are in­vited to a Free BBQ af­ter­wards, cour­tesy of Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil. For weed­ing, meet in the Ash­hurst Do­main park­ing lot be­tween the play­ground and ceme­tery at 9am on Satur­day, 22 April. The BBQ will start around 11am.

On Satur­day, 29 April, RE­CAP is again of­fer­ing our pop­u­lar backyard poul­try work­shops.

Tu­tor Phil Stevens has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence keep­ing chooks and ducks.

Phil loves his birds, and his em­pha­sis will be on pro­vid­ing a good en­vi­ron­ment for them, with a sec­ondary fo­cus on mak­ing use of chooks as a gar­dener. If you’re af­ter a live demo of wing clip­ping, or if you want a dis­cus­sion of dif­fer­ent chook house de­signs, this work­shop is for you.

Work­shop fees are only $10 per par­tic­i­pant.

Reg­is­ter at http://re­cap.org.nz. At the time of writ­ing, our 1pm-4pm work­shop had all but sold out, and we’ve opened a sec­ond one from 9am-12pm on the same day.

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RE­CAP tu­tor Phil Stevens shows off the stars of his upcoming poul­try work­shop.

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