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Central Otago - Community Food Forest Design - Hawea Flat

James Samuel

Sunday, 5 April 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (NZST)

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Two day workshop   more info Ended $250.00 $0.00
One day workshop Ended $135.00 $0.00

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The (almost three year) old Hawea Flat Domain Community Food Forest will be part of the conversation, as we learn about design and systems thinking for orchard fruit and nut production. Stefan Sobkowiak will talk about the benefit of using a diversity of tree species, understory plantings and integrated animals to increase returns through greater yields and reduced inputs. Participate in a design exercise using this project as the canvas.

We have two locations for this workshop, and will start at:

95 Loess Lane, off Newcastle Road, Hawea Flat
Google Map:

Allow an extra five minutes to get to the venue. It takes a little longer than people generally realise.

You will need to bring lunch (to share if you wish), notebook, camera and a map of your property. Come ready to participate in both presentation style and hands on experiential learning guided by Stefan and others.

 Hawea Flat - preparing the land 2012

 Preparing the land - 2012

Planting day with local school children 

One of the planting days - with local school children


$135 per person ($20 early bird discount available up to Feb 15th).

$250 per person ($30 early bird) if registering for this day and the following day in Arrowtown.

Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm


What to expect

We will look at how permaculture principles can be used to guide the layout and systems design of a community food forest. The workshop will be tailored to participants interests, but you can expect some of the following learning and practical activities:

  • Three essentials to a vibrant soil
  • How your orchard can benefit from birds, insects and animals
  • How to see your orchard – develop new observation skills
  • Choosing a site – learn some things you may not have thought about
  • The Magic Model design process - bring a plan of your property if you can


Stefan SobkowiakStefan Sobkowiak is a synergist, permaculturist and irrepressible optimist - a man outstanding in his field. Over the last 25 years he has spoken to more than 400 groups on the themes of edible gardening, landscape design, birds and permaculture.

As a University sessional lecturer for 8 years Stefan has taught courses in Fruit production, Landscape plants and design and the Natural History of Vertebrates.

He has a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph (Canada) and a Masters and Bachelors in wildlife biology and wildlife management respectively, from McGill University (Canada).

Stefan at home in his orchardStefan has 20 years experience serving over a hundred clients through his landscape design practice, specialising in attracting bird, insect and animal allies into his designs.

Over the last 6 years he has focused on Miracle Farms, the largest permaculture fruit orchard in Eastern North America, where he also raises fowl and sheep.

On this page you will find a short video in which Stefan introduces the concepts of the Permaculture Orchard - Beyond Organic.

Stefan will be on tour in New Zealand between March 15 and April 9, 2015. For more information visit or contact James Samuel on 021 252 0653 or via


The Beyond Organic NZ Tour is being supported by the following organisations


Have questions about Central Otago - Community Food Forest Design - Hawea Flat? Contact James Samuel

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