Alternatives to NPK Fertilisers

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Alternatives to NPK Fertilisers

Time: November 2, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: CCS Disability Action, Royal Oak
Street: 14 Erson Avenue
City/Town: Royal Oak, Auckland
Website or Map: http://www.northern.ccsdisabi…
Phone: 625 9811
Event Type: first, tuesday, speakers, series, presentation
Organized By: Scott Thiemann
Latest Activity: Oct 13, 2010

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Come join Betsy Kettle here at CCS Disability Action at 14 Erson Avenue in Royal Oak 7-9 PM, 2 November for our final First Tuesday talk of the year.

The topic: "Alternatives to NPK Fertilizers"

Everyone wants to know about ways to fertilize more creatively and sustainably. Like many others, Betsy believes that our true bank is our soil. Maintaining our soil fertility “bank” using natural materials will become more and more important in the future of decreasing energy reserves. Betsy will speak about 6 main categories of organic fertilizers, plus a couple more that are on the horizon.

The talk will cover the advantages and benefits of seaweed brews, rock dusts, dung beetles, city to farm composting, animal by-product emulsions, biochar, biodynamics, and vermicomposting. She’ll take names to link people up with the scientists who are doing the ground breaking research. The talk has been developed with help from Massey University, Landcare Research, and Plant and Food Research.

There is also a rumour that the new SuperCity is researching a city-wide, organic waste collection to run a super composting plant. How can that be done within the city without odours? More on these topics on 2nd November…



Betsy Kettle teaches organic horticulture and permaculture for Northland Polytechnic (Northtec) and holds a Permaculture diploma in education. She’s a member of the Soil and Health Association and a certified organic grower in the Organic Farm NZ program. Through the Sustainable North Trust, she and the other Trustees are working at creating a sustainable agricultural system based on using natural, abundant and local materials.

$5 speaker koha and refreshments served.

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