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Sun, 04 Aug



Grow-Your-Own Food

A 6-day mini course held over 3 wkd's within the PDC. It covers Soil & Water, the foundation of healthy nutritious food. Growing Soil & Food the how to, tips & techniques and starters to take away. And, Integrated Growing Systems, showing the different growing styles and ways you can combine your pl

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Grow-Your-Own Food
Grow-Your-Own Food

Time & Location

04 Aug 2024, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Christchurch, 180 Avonside Drive, Avonside, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand

About the event

Soil & Water - August 3rd & 4th
  • The Nature of Water -  Water in the landscape - How does water interact with the landscape, and how can we direct these interactions to promote biodiversity & support human needs.
  • Journey of Water - Water collection, filtration and distribution - How can we use our built landscape to collect drinking water, filter it for human use, direct it through our living spaces, and filter our greywater for irrigation in our outdoor spaces.
  • Earthworks - Designing water flow across and through our landscapes - Learn about landscape scale water management to slow and infiltrate water into our landscape rehydrating the land. We’ll be making models to learn about swales, spillways, road placement, check dams, keylines, keypoint collection dams, catch basins, and river flood prevention systems. We’ll also learn how to build a simple A-frame tool to measure the contours of our landscape.
  • Infiltration & Soil Substrates - We’ll use simple soil testing methods to test the infiltration rates of soils around the Climate Action Campus. Bring in your own soil & growing mediums from your land to test for soil substrate mixture & pH levels. Complete visual soil assessments.
  • Soil Structure & Pedogenesis  - The earth depends on a living soil sponge to support all soil based living ecosystems. Learn about soil structure and how it is formed. What is the difference between soil and dirt? And why is it important to the health of our local environments.
  • The Soil Food Web - Learn about the different life forms that make up soil and how they interact to drive all of the nutrient and water distribution that is needed to keep ecosystems and food systems thriving.
  • The Soil Food Web Viewed - Using microscopes of different strengths view your soil samples to see what types of life (or none if you have dirt) are living in your soil. View the film of water that covers all soil particles in healthy soil, and watch microarthropods going about their daily life activities.
  • Soil Succession & Soil Cycles - Now that you have an understanding of soil and water we’ll work through how to use this information in common implementation scenarios and in improving our ability to read the land and understand how to drive or reduce succession using your new soil and water toolkits.
Growing Soil & Food - August 31st- & September 1st
  • Growing Soil -
  • Wormaries - learn how to have a successful wormery, and  how to extract the soil & worm juice.
  • No-Dig-Beds - this is an active session layering the garden bed
  • Plant Antimony - learn the different ways plants grow and reproduce
  • Seed Saving - talking about the importance of seed saving, best storage practices, and seed swapping
  • Propagation - this covers seed, cuttings, layering, diversion and potting up
  • Pests & Diseases - how to care for your plants to prevent pest & diseases
Integrated Growing Systems - September 29th & 30th
  • Edible Gardens/Landscapes -
  • Urban Agriculture -
  • Food Forest -
  • Agroforestry & Syntropic Planting Systems -
  • Mushroom Inoculation -
  • Wild Harvest - Tour around the local wild food available
  • Design Activities: Guild planting plan

Join us...

The course fee $2500

We are offering a discount on the course fee for early payments received in full. This is a thank you for helping us guarantee participant numbers early allowing us to finalise the booking of the tutors and site visits.

  • $300 off - payments completed by 31st December 2023
  • $150 off - payments completed by 22nd January 2024

We have limited numbers of this offer available, get in touch asap to sign up for this deal

Please let us know if you would like to talk over the payment process or offers.

1st instalment or full payment received will complete your registration and place on the course.

Payments can be made to

Canterbury Permaculture Institute

Kiwi Bank - Account #38-9023-0112188-01

Particular: GYOF

Reference: (Your Surname) 

For more information or to talk over payment options email Lillee Star

Canterbury Permaculture Institute offers education through a range of hands-on sessions, presentations, theory-based learning and site visits.  Our PDC course is a 10 module program held one weekend a month.

This course covers  permaculture philosophy, ethics and designprossess. There is a great group of facilitators and tutors lined-up who will share their passions, experiences and wisdom.

Read more about the Permaculture Design Cerificate

Below are the dates and topics that we will cover in this design course,  payment details


  • If you are unable to attend any of the module weekends on the PDC course, you can transfer your attendance to a future weekend on the following years’ course for no extra cost. Please give as much notice as possible, so we can offer your spot on the module to a guest participant.
  • Non attendance or notices given after 48 hrs prior to each module event starting, will need to pay an admin fee* to transfer their registration to the following year's session.
  • If you can't attend the full PDC course, please get in touch to let us know, and a full refund will be given or transferred to a future course. No refund can be given after February 1st 2024. The ticket can be transferred onto a future course, or to another person for a small admin fee.

* Some exceptions apply, please explain in writing if you wish to waive this charge. Decisions are given at the discretion of the course director.

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