Permaculture at Te Paranui
We are a fairly new Permaculture project, running since 2016, slowly introducing Permaculture systems and elements to our site.
We currently manage 300 square metres of organic vegetable gardens, which produced well over 250kg of vegetables last year; a young food forest with well over 50 fruit and nut trees on site; and the paddocks used by the Te Paranui Animal Sanctuary, using eco-grazing/ IMRG techniques to keep the animals naturally healthy and to ensure that their impact on the paddocks and surrounding eco-system are as light as possible.
At Te Paranui, we are on a journey towards creating a Permaculture learning and resource centre. We have begun this journey by hosting Introduction to Permaculture Workshops on our site in Koromiko. They will be running throughout 2019 and 2020, headed up by site manager Dan de Klerk. Dan has been with us since 2017, and has over 7 years Permaculture experience from around the world. He values good design and planning, and this is reflected in his course, which will lead you through the basics of good design in a very practical way.
We are always looking for good short and long -term volunteers to help us run the farm. Long-term volunteers can treat their stay as an unpaid internship, where extra effort will be made to teach them about running a Permaculture site. Interns will be given more responsibility and some freedom to design and run projects on their own.
PERMACULTURE IN A NUTSHELL
The term Permaculture comes from the idea of Permanent-Agriculture or Permanent-Culture. It was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the seventies. It consists of numerous techniques and methods in farming, construction and community cohesion; methods which aim to ensure a sustainable future for human beings, in harmony with natural eco-systems and supportive of all life forms that reside within them. This begins with people care, earth care, fair share.
Permaculture is a lifestyle, but it is also a very practical method of holistic design and planning for any land-use activity, on any site.