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  • We had a lovely afternoon of community, creativity and produce sharing at the Welcome Bay Community Gardens on Saturday. We made tepees for the garden and wreaths out of willow. Great fun. Thanks to the lovely people at the garden. Check out the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/goodneighbourwbay/posts/763169837165137

    And here's my creation:


  • Lookiing for place to camp with puppies for a week or two

    I am fostering some puppies who were in the pound and am having trouble finding foster homes for them. I may need a place to camp out with them in a camper van if I cannot find homes by 23/12. I have a kennel license for the pups, and they are registered and microchipped. I have a fully self contained camper van and am looking for someone with a farm or lifestyle block in the Bay of Plenty area who would not mind me camping in a corner of their land for a week or two. I would arrange to stay a limited time with and end date and move on that date. I can supply references. There would be two or three pups of around Fox Terrier size, although theoretically they are Staffy/Mastiff crosses, and my own dog, who is a quiet, gentle lab cross. I would keep them tied up or in a dog crate. They are reasonably quiet, not huge barkers, and I would be with them all day to manage them. If you would be able to help please reply to this post, text or call Kaye on 021 0845 0891. For pictures, email kaye.mclaren@gmail.com

  • Hi all,

    there is one more spot left on the Permaculture Design Certificate Course, which begins sat 28th May in Whakamarama!  and then there will be a wait list.

    The classes are once a month for a year, and most are all on saturdays, and each on a different topic, more info here:
    It is also possible to just come along to any particular ones you want, rather than do the whole course, so if you want to be notified about all the modules throughout the year, you can go on Catherine's mail list if you like, via:  contact@plentypermaculture.co.nz


  • Foodfest info, for this sat 5th march :)

    and here is the link to the sustainable backyards month calender:


  • Drop in for the open day at the Papamoa Cob Cottage Workshop Sat 23 Jan 10am-1pm!

    Stop by and see our progress on the cob structure at Marco and Teresa's. Learn about cob and then try your hand at making some.  Bring a plate, share some lunch and hear the stories from the 15 people who will have spent nine days learning to make a cottage from clay, straw and timber. Kids welcome.

    We'll have to shoo you away by 1pm sharp. It's the last day and there will still be lots to finish up.

    Directions - 662 Te Puke Quarry Road, If coming from Tauranga/Welcome Bay way, come along Welcome Bay Road until you hit Rocky Cutting Road, go right up Rocky Cutting Road, at the end of the road turn left onto Te Puke Quarry Road, follow the goat track up to 662. DO NOT follow GPS directions of going through Reid Road as it tries to take you through Golf Course which is locked.
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  • Hi everyone - I've just joined the Tauranga group as I'll be staying with family in Papamoa for 6 weeks in preparation for a forthcoming project I'd love to share with you all...

    First though: we'll be looking for local, organic/spray-free veggies while we're staying in town. If anyone has surplus to sell we'd love to hear from you!

    Our exciting project is a road trip around NZ making films about people doing inspiring things to lower their ecological footprint. We'll be travelling in a van run on waste veg oil and filming a variety of folk from backyard gardeners and natural builders to self-sufficient families and initiatives like the amazing Project Lyttelton. You can find out info about our project here: http://happenfilms.com/living-the-change/

    If you know anyone - or you are someone! - who would make a great subject for a short film, please feel free to get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


  • Hi all,
    I'm having to un-permaculture the garden before we move out of the cottage we've been renting. So if anyone can help me remove the plants (yacon, globe artichoke, comfrey, violets, etc) and recently laid wood chip mulch over good Tumeke compost you can take what you want!
    I'll be there today (Tuesday), Wednesday or this coming weekend.

  • this course is being run near Tairua


  • October Produce Share Gathering at Christine's :)


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Is there anyone in the Mount/Tauranga area using Kefir that may be able to share some culture and help me through its use. I have an Aunt who raves about how it has helped her but she is unable to share the culture with me. 

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Organic greens

hi, I have just moved here from Waiheke Island and am trying to source great organic greens from local farmers/growers I use lots as I do lots of juicing. Any information on the organic world in Tauranga would be awesome. Thanks in advance for any wisdom, information and direction. Cheers, Tammy

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