Workshops at Setha's Seeds

Workshop Schedule 2017-18

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Fees: All workshops are $50 for individual sessions, $90 for full day and $175 for weekend events.

Location: All workshops are held at Setha's Seeds in Tutira, about 40 minute drive north of Napier. Upon registration directions will be provided.

Accomodation: Campground facilities available onsite for those traveling from afar. More information available upon request.


Getting Out of the Debt Trap: Budget Tiny House Construction – (Roddy Branagan & Setha Davenport) Come and see an under 10 square metre tiny house being built for under $5000. This project will be underway and we will share with you plans and design ideas for living small. Practical building skills and ideas about getting your tiny house on a piece of land will be shared.

November 4th 10:00am – 4:00pm


Garden Design and Implementation – (Setha Davenport & Roddy Branagan) Whether you are new to gardening or feeling like your garden could be more productive with a few tweaks, we will share permaculture design concepts and biointensive gardening techniques to help you design an easy care garden you will love. Bring your questions and issues to share as part of the design exercise.

November 5th 9:00am – 12:00pm


DIY Handyman Skills for the Self Sufficient Lifestyler – (Roddy Branagan & Setha Davenport) Ever wanted to know how to build a trellis that won’t blow down? Learn basic carpentry skills and incorporate them into your garden. We will show you how to design and build your own cold frame and simple garden cloche/glasshouse. All construction will be with simple materials.

November 5th 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Seed Propagation – (Setha Davenport & Roddy Branagan) Learn how to sow seeds, grow them to a healthy transplant stage and plant them in your garden. Biointensive and permaculture techniques covered. To insure a healthy garden it all starts at the moment the seed touches the soil. December 8th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Growing a Healthy Garden with Natural Fertilisers – (Setha Davenport & Roddy Branagan) Want to improve you plants health and vitality as a natural way to insure good harvest and less pressure from pest and disease. We will show you how we do this in our seed garden by sharing how we build a fertile compost heap, make compost teas, use cover crops to build soil fertility and apply foliar feeds to boost plant health.

December 8th, March 24th 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Seed Harvesting and Processing – (Setha Davenport & Roddy Branagan) Discover the time tested techniques for harvesting and processing both wet (fruiting) and dry (flowering) seed. Wet fermentation, threshing, winnowing and seed dancing will be covered. Then see how best to store your seed for future seasons.

February 24th, March 24th 9:00am – 12:00pm


Preserving the Harvest – (Setha Davenport & Roddy Branagan) Learn traditional ways to preserve your gardens bounty for the winter. Lactic Fermentation, bottling, freezing, drying and root cellaring methods will be covered.

February 24th 1:00pm – 4:00pm