Digging Deeper- We Get To Decide What We Want To Learn
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Digging Deeper- We Get To Decide What We Want To Learn

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2nd Sept
We will decide together what we want to focus on as our last class for this mini winter permaculture series- with Trish Allen

For the Love of Bees is thrilled to be able to offer free weekend classes at Griffith Gardens lead by one of New Zealands founding Permaculture practitioners Trish Allen. Trish and her late husband, Joe Polaischer, co-founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana in the late 1980s. The farm became an education centre and inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish will run a series of weekend workshops over 2017 at Griffith Gardens as part of our workshops called Digging Deeper. These will build on topics we cover in our weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions designed to enable you to grow in ways that are safe for bees.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Digging Deeper - Animals and insects in Permaculture
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Digging Deeper - Animals and insects in Permaculture

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

5 August
Animals in Permaculture
As part of our mini winter permaculture series with Trish Allen

In this session we will look at which animals are appropriate to weave into your permaculture design in an urban setting – their needs, functions and outputs. And yes, this includes bees! Bees are insects, but all insects are animals!

For the Love of Bees is thrilled to be able to offer free weekend classes at Griffith Gardens lead by one of New Zealands founding Permaculture practitioners Trish Allen. Trish and her late husband, Joe Polaischer, co-founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana in the late 1980s. The farm became an education centre and inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish will run a series of weekend workshops over 2017 at Griffith Gardens as part of our workshops called Digging Deeper. These will build on topics we cover in our weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions designed to enable you to grow in ways that are safe for bees.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Wednesday Composting Classes- Compost Collective
Jul
19
12:00 PM12:00

Wednesday Composting Classes- Compost Collective

Judy from the Compost Collective will demonstrate 3 different ways you can easily compost in the inner city that will help you create growing spaces that are safe for bees.

Learn how the compost you make at home or in your apartment can be put to use in inner city gardens like Griffith Gardens.

Check out this event on Facebook!

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Digging Deeper- Life in the Soil with Trish Allen
Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Digging Deeper- Life in the Soil with Trish Allen

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

1 July
Life in the Soil
As past of our mini winter permaculture series with Trish Allen

The magic of soil, its microbes, bacteria, fungi ...... Nurturing your soil, compost, worms, sheetmulching, bio-char. Turning food and garden waste back into soil. By following the permaculture principle of working with nature, not against, we can grow healthy food in healthy soil without the need for bee-damaging chemicals.

For the Love of Bees is thrilled to be able to offer free weekend classes at Griffith Gardens lead by one of New Zealands founding Permaculture practitioners Trish Allen. Trish and her late husband, Joe Polaischer, co-founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana in the late 1980s. The farm became an education centre and inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish will run a series of weekend workshops over 2017 at Griffith Gardens as part of our workshops called Digging Deeper. These will build on topics we cover in our weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions designed to enable you to grow in ways that are safe for bees.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Wednesday Composting Classes- Compost Collective
Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Wednesday Composting Classes- Compost Collective

Judy from the Compost Collective will demonstrate 3 different ways you can easily compost in the inner city that will help you create growing spaces that are safe for bees.

Learn how the compost you make at home or in your apartment can be put to use in inner city gardens like Griffith Gardens.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Digging Deeper- Design Your Permaculture Garden with Trish Allen
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Digging Deeper- Design Your Permaculture Garden with Trish Allen

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

3 June
Design Your Permaculture Garden
As part of our mini winter permaculture series with Trish Allen

Permaculture works with nature, not against. In this session we will look at the basics of bringing your garden to life with a beautiful and functional edible ecosytem design, that is bee friendly. Starting with your own dreams and aspirations for your garden, we will move on to site observation, it’s features, soil type, sun angles, water, wind, weeds – letting patterns of use emerge.

For the Love of Bees is thrilled to be able to offer free weekend classes at Griffith Gardens lead by one of New Zealands founding Permaculture practitioners Trish Allen. Trish and her late husband, Joe Polaischer, co-founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana in the late 1980s. The farm became an education centre and inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish will run a series of weekend workshops over 2017 at Griffith Gardens as part of our workshops called Digging Deeper. These will build on topics we cover in our weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions designed to enable you to grow in ways that are safe for bees.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Autumn Biking Bee Adventure
May
28
to May 29

Autumn Biking Bee Adventure

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our cycling Gorilla Gardening Adventure around the city is full of biological interventions that will help Auckland transition towards becoming the safest city in the world for bees.

Take off is this Saturday 27th at 10 am at Griffith Gardens at 42 Wellesley Street East ( just beside the Civic and Mojo Cafe).

Interventions include

1.Planting a mini orchard at Griffith Gardens.
2. Inoculate garden beds and the lawn with Micorrhizal Fungi at Albert park
3. Sowing seeds for spring flowers at Symonds Street Community Garden.
4.Painting biodynamic tree pastes onto  fruit trees at Kingsland Community Orchard.
5. Playing a game to identify the names of plants at the Pollinator Pathway in Hakanoa Street.
6.Planting Willows trees at at Kelmarna Gardens as a means to feed their cows and bees.

We will bike to tunes about nature and share a picnic beneath the orchard in Kingsland along the way.

Check out our Facebook event here!

 

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Wednesday Composting Classes - Compost Collective
May
17
12:00 PM12:00

Wednesday Composting Classes - Compost Collective

Judy from the Compost Collective will demonstrate 3 different ways you can easily compost in the inner city that will help you create growing spaces that are safe for bees.

Learn how the compost you make at home or in your apartment can be put to use in inner city gardens like Griffith Gardens.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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CANCELLED Lunchtime Learning - 1000 Rosemary bushes for Auckland
May
11
12:00 PM12:00

CANCELLED Lunchtime Learning - 1000 Rosemary bushes for Auckland

We are on a mission to develop 1000 rosemary cuttings to give away to Aucklanders from cuttings. Come and help us do this.

We are also continuing to create homemade liquid fertilzers teas here on site at Griffith Gardens. Last week we made one using comfrey...this week we mkae one using seaweed.

At Lunchtime Learning we focus on sharing how the biological engine works to help you grow stong pest free plants. 

These series of learning modules are designed to help you easily make the transition into biological gardening. A Biological Garden is a Bees Best Friend. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours.

12-2 at Griffith Gardens

Free Admission
Kid Friendly

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Ceracell For the Love of Bees- Natural Bee Keeping School
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Ceracell For the Love of Bees- Natural Bee Keeping School

Sponsored by Cerecell
In collaboration with Beezthingz ltd

Our informative classes run for 2 hours from 10am to 12pm on the first Sunday of every month. 

We meet in the HIstorical Kindergarten in Victoria Park and work on three hives that are placed in the Park as part of the Social Sculpture For the Love of Bees - A City Bee Collaboration 2016-2018.

Our beekeeping classes are where beginner beekeepers, hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts can come and learn natural beekeeping techniques from an experienced and urban beekeeper.

Classes follow an efficient layout covering the basics, general Inspection method, month specific inspection tasks and any questions that come up during the session. The purpose of these classes is for beginner beekeepers to come and learn the best practices passed on through experiencing happy Bees.

Everything we do is for the wellbeing of the colony as the prime objective and not the maximisation of honey production. 

Our students will learn to 'listen' to the colony and this is not just 'audio'! Bees actually 'communicate' with the beekeeper.
Free Admission
Kid Friendly

Check out the Facebook event here!

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Bees in your Garden - Permaculture Thinking for Children
Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Bees in your Garden - Permaculture Thinking for Children

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the For the Love of Bees- School Holiday Program
Permaculture Thinking for Children

“Do you love bees and butterflies? 

In this class we will be learning about important pollinators and how you can attract them to your garden using natural methods. We will be helping you design your own pollinator friendly garden using permaculture techniques. 

Please come to this class with a drawing or image that maps your garden. Have a look at where the sun is in your garden it at different times of the day and draw where the sun hits the garden on your map. Make a list of plants that you have in your garden that might be yummy food for bees. If you don’t know what the flowering plants are in your garden, you can bring some with you and we will help you identify them. Have a talk with your family about where you might be allowed to plant some more flowers for bees this winter.

If you don't have a garden, don't worry you can still join in this workshop by thinking about your school or your street. As long as you have a space to imagine working in then you have everything you need to participate in this workshop. 

Run by Ella Rose Shnapp

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Digging Deeper with Trish Allen (Free Permaculture Class)
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Digging Deeper with Trish Allen (Free Permaculture Class)

For the Love of Bees is thrilled to be able to offer free weekend classes at Griffith Gardens lead by one of New Zealands founding Permaculture practitioners Trish Allen. Trish and her late husband, Joe Polaischer, co-founded the iconic, award-winning Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana in the late 1980s. The farm became an education centre and inspired thousands of people over 25 years in sustainable living and demonstrated the principles of permaculture in action. Trish will run a series of weekend workshops over 2017 at Griffith Gardens as part of our workshops called Digging Deeper. These will build on topics we cover in our weekly Lunchtime Learning sessions designed to enable you to grow in ways that are safe for bees.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Seed Ball Workshop
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Seed Ball Workshop

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the For the Love of Bees- School Holiday Program

The clay seed ball, also known as “seed bombs” in guerrilla gardening, is an ancient method of agriculture that was popularized through Masanobu Fukuoka, a Permaculture father figure who uses clay seed balls to ‘naturally farm’ rice and other grains on his farm in Japan.

In their most basic form, Seed Balls are mixtures of clay, compost, and seeds, rolled into a ball shape and left to dry. They can then either be thrown out into a meadow or placed in your garden beds and through exposure to rain and sunshine they will burst into life and grow into healthy strong plants.

Seed balls can be made with any type of seed, though we will be mainly working with annual flowering species rich in nectar and pollen, as well as native perennial species (Manuka, Kowhai etc).

Alongside clay, compost, seeds and water, we will also be incorporating Mycorrhizal Fungi, magnetized iron sand, effective microorganisms, and different types of volcanic soils as well as Biochar.

During this workshop people will have the opportunity to hand-create and take home their own organic seed balls to use to grow into nectar rich, ecologically active spaces for bees.

Come prepared to get soil under your fingernails

Facilitated by Levi Brinsdon-Hall

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Become a Bees Best Friend- Become a Biological Gardener
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Become a Bees Best Friend- Become a Biological Gardener

  • 42 Wellesley Street West Auckland, Auckland, 1010 New Zealand (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the For the Love of Bees- School Holiday Program
All our classes are free

Come and learn how to become a bees best friend by becoming a biological gardner.

This lesson will introduce children to the life cycle of plants. We will explore the journey of a seed to a seedling right through its life when it becomes a mature plant that can produce it's own seeds. 

We will explore the relationship between nutrients and microbiology that help you produce healthy plants with high sugar levels that pests wont eat.

We will show you how to sow seeds and transplant seedlings. 

You will get to transplant self seeded lettuces and other seedlings growing in our garden beds and out them into smaller pots so you can take them home and plant them in your own garden.

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Build homes for different kinds of Bees
Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Build homes for different kinds of Bees

Part of the For the Love of Bees- School Holiday Program

Learn how to make homes in your own back yard for different kinds of bees.

The team who created the first Pollinator Pathways in Grey Lynn will teach you how to build homes for our city Pollinators with masonry blocks, sticks and other natural materials you can find in your own back yard. Help create one in Griffith Gardens and make one to take home. 

This workshop will occur over two sessions but is designed so you can come to one or both.

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Lunchtime Learning- Growing flowers for Bees
Apr
6
12:00 AM00:00

Lunchtime Learning- Growing flowers for Bees

This week we will continue to learn about how the biological engine works to help you grow stong pest free plants. These series of learning modules are designed to help you easily make the transition into biological gardening. A Biological Garden is a Bees Best Friend. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours.
Free Admission
Kid Friendly

Check out our Facebook event here!

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 For the Love of Bees free Natural Bee Keeping School
Apr
2
10:00 AM10:00

For the Love of Bees free Natural Bee Keeping School

  • Campbell Free Kindergarten, Victoria Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our beekeeping classes host beginner beekeepers, hobbyists and bee enthusiasts to come and learn natural beekeeping techniques from an experienced and urban beekeeper.

Classes will follow an efficient layout covering the basics, general Inspection methods and inspection tasks. The purpose of these classes is for beginner beekeepers to come and learn the best practices for maintaining happy bees and healthy hives.

Everything we do is for the well being of the colony as the prime objective and not the maximization of honey production. Our students will learn to 'listen' to the colony and this is not just 'audio'! Bees actually 'communicate' with the beekeeper.

All Bee School classes will be held in Victoria Parks' Campbell Free Historic Kindergarten. 

In collaboration with Beezthingz ltd.

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Lunchtime Learning- Grow Pest Free Plants
Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

Lunchtime Learning- Grow Pest Free Plants

This week we will continue to learn about how plants can feed from their leaves as part of our exploration into how the biological engine works. These series of learning modules are designed to help you easily make the transition into biological gardening. A Biological Garden is a Bees Best Friend. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours.
Free Admission
Kid Friendly

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Permablitz #1
Mar
29
9:30 AM09:30

Permablitz #1

  • 14 Quest Terrace Mt Roskill Auckland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come along to the first permablitz of 2017!

Featuring - workshops from gardening guru Richard Main
and lunch provided by Dominion Road School
/ Learn practical gardening skills
/ Earn points to host your own permablitz
/ Join a growing network of gardens and gardeners
/ Connect with your community

Wednesday 29 March, 9.30am - 2.30pm
14 Quest Terrace, Mt Roskill, Auckland

Please RSVP to permablitz.AK@gmail.com or 021 562 995
Don’t forget to bring along spades, shovels and trowels from home!

Check out the Permablitz Facebook event here!

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Help Design and Make a Pasture Painting in Victoria Park
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Help Design and Make a Pasture Painting in Victoria Park

We have started designing stage one of the Pasture Painting ( a space that grows safe flowers for bees) for our Victoria Park bees.

We have even got the first shape placed on the ground. Workshop #2 will have us revisit the design now it is in the Park itself.

We will continue to refine our ideas and begin to prepare the ground for sowing seeds using permaculture strategies such as sheet mulching and laying down black plastic to kill the grass.

We will begin to sow one of our shapes with organic seeds using biological benefical microorganisms.

Our designs will create new plantings to feed the cities bees thinking about colour, shape, flowers, months of the years plants provide food for bees and other permaculture and biological considerations.

The workshops will be run over several weeks to allow participants to learn as much as possible and to contribute to this city amenity in a meaningful way.

We will meet at 10 at the Historical Kindergarten in Victoria Park and then move across the park to work on the site next to the bees.

Facilitated by David Cains with the support of Sarah Smuts-Kennedy.

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Lunchtime Learning- Feeding plants through their leaves
Mar
23
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Learning- Feeding plants through their leaves

This week we will be learning about how plants can feed from their leaves as part of our exploration into how the biological engine works. These series of learning modules are designed to help you easily to transition into biological gardening. A Biological Garden is a Bees Best Friend. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours.
Free Admission
Kid Friendly

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Kai Auckland Breakfast Meet Up
Mar
22
7:15 AM07:15

Kai Auckland Breakfast Meet Up

"Kai Auckland warmly invites all our fellow food orientated people and organisations to breakfast. We think it is a good opportunity to hear from each other and to explore how we can all benefit from a more cohesive relationship."

A chance to meet others working in food justice!

Koha donation. 

Contact kaiauckland@gmail.com to RSVP and list interest.

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Lunchtime Learning- How the Biological Engine works
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Learning- How the Biological Engine works

We continue to unearth our gardens beds at Griffith Gardens and resow them with our organic seeds as a means to learn how the biological engine works. These series of learning modules are designed to help you easily to transition into biological gardening. A Biological Garden is a Bees Best Friend. Drop in for 10 minutes or stay for the whole 2 hours.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Help Design and Make a Pasture Painting in Victoria Park
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Help Design and Make a Pasture Painting in Victoria Park

A chance to contribute and collaborate

In 2014 we created a beautiful flower planting in a hexagonal shape in Victoria Park to feed the cities bees. This year we are asking you to help us create and maintain a new flower planting in the middle of this city park.

You will be invited to design a new planting to feed the cities bees thinking about colour, shape, flowers, months of the years plants provide food for bees and other permaculture and biological considerations.

The workshops will be run over several weeks to allow participants to learn as much as possible and to contribute to this city amenity in a meaningful way.

Our first workshop will be help by the beehives in Victoria Park on the 12th of March.

Facilitated by David Cains with the support of Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

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Lunchtime Learning - Growing Flowers That Glow
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Learning - Growing Flowers That Glow

Ever wondered why one cabbage is being attacked by insects while another isnt?

Plants emit an Ultra Violet Light that insects can see. A healthy plant glows all the time where as a weak plant will flash on and off. Insects know weak plants are rubbish and that they can breed their babies on them. Strong plants are not attactive to insects as their sugar content is too high for their babies to feed on. Therefore insects will avoid them.

Knowing how the biological engine works is your way to becoming a capable biololgical gardener.

Come and learn how the engine works at our lunchtime sessions. This week we start to use biological supports to sow our seeds into our garden beds.

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For The Love of Bees Natural Beekeeping School
Mar
5
10:00 AM10:00

For The Love of Bees Natural Beekeeping School

  • Victoria Park's Campbell Free Kindergarten (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In collaboration with beez thingz ltd

Our beekeeping classes are - where beginner beekeepers, hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts can come and learn natural beekeeping techniques from an experienced and urban beekeeper.

Our informative classes run from 10am to 12pm on the first Sunday of every month. 

Classes will follow an efficient layout covering the basics, general Inspection method and month specific inspection tasks and any questions that come up during the session. The purpose of these classes is for beginner beekeepers to come and learn the best practices passed on through experiencing happy Bees.

Everything we do is for the wellbeing of the colony as the prime objective and not the maximisation of honey production. 

Our students will learn to 'listen' to the colony and this is not just 'audio'! Bees actually 'communicate' with the beekeeper.

Check out our Facebook event here!

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Lunchtime Learning - Seed Saving and Seed Sowing Workshop
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Learning - Seed Saving and Seed Sowing Workshop

Our Thursday Lunchtime Learning sessions at our Permaculture/Organic Hub are designed so you can drop in, get your hands dirty and learn some new skills. Every Thursday 12-2pm for the next 6 weeks we will focus on how your seeds effect the life of bees. This week we will continue to save organic seeds and prepare a garden bed which we will sow with our seeds. We teach you biological systems that will help you grow safe food for humans and for bees. #fortheloveofbeesnz #seedsforbees #organiccity#seeds #organicseeds 

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For The Love of Bees @ The Myers Park Medley
Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

For The Love of Bees @ The Myers Park Medley

For The Love of Bees will be hosting seed sowing workshops to establish our new site in Myers Park during the second annual Myers Park Medley! Come along and get involved planting and working with local community members to set this beautiful new organic installation in the right direction. 

The Medley will be hosting a variety of artists, musicians and activities to be enjoyed by the public! Come along and bring your friends, family and loved ones to celebrate one of Auckland's most loved inner city parks.

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Seed Ball Workshop, For The Love of Bees – Myers Park Medley
Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

Seed Ball Workshop, For The Love of Bees – Myers Park Medley

Rally the whanau together and join For The Love of Bees from 12 – 5pm this Sunday as we create and distribute thousands of Seed Balls for our pollinator friends at the Myers Park Medley.

The clay seed pellet, also known as “seed bombs” in guerilla gardening, is an ancient method of agriculture that was popularized through Masanobu Fukuoka, a Permaculture father figure who uses clay seed balls to ‘naturally farm’ rice and other grains on his farm in Japan.

From 12 – 5 a team of us will be stationed in the park, armed with thousands of seeds of all colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as all the equipment (and biology) needed to bring these seeds into life. We will explain and demonstrate the methods that Masanobu himself uses to create these seed balls and together we will create thousands of Seed Balls, which anyone can take home and use to grow their own pollinator / wildflower Bee garden at home.

Excitingly, in the week following, @beethings will be installing three new beehives at our freshly sown Pasture Painting above the Myers Park playground.

So please come and say hi, take a seed ball or ten and check out the wonderful location of the new pasture painting, soon to be flourishing with bees and thousands of flowers.

We would love to see you all!

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 Grow Winter Food For Bees Free Workshop
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Grow Winter Food For Bees Free Workshop

If you come and play with us next Thursday lunchtime between 12-2pm you will get to to take away some of these awesome organic blue lupin seeds that we grew in our Pasture Painting winter 2016 at @lot23ltd. It's such a good time to get these in the ground to help fix nitrogen in your soil at the same as growing food for our city bees for winter 2017.

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