Kay Baxter

Quality over Quantity – Growing Nutrient Dense Food in Urban Gardens

By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

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Please Help Us Save Heritage Organic Seed Collection From Loss on 6 June 2014

We need your help to save New Zealand’s largest organic heritage or heirloom seed and tree collection by June 6th 2014. We are asking for your support for this campaign to secure the land the New Zealand organic heritage seed collection grows on before we lose it. Background: 30 years of organic heritage seed saving The Koanga Institute, founded by Kay Baxter, has spent 30 years building up a living […]

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Urban Garden Demonstration Update (New Zealand)

by Kay Baxter, PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) This is an update on our urban permaculture garden experiment which integrates the best ideas from our Permaculture Design Course students into a working urban garden here in our North Island, New Zealand temperate climate. Our end product includes rabbits, chickens, a 36 sq m biointensive garden, 2 vines, 19 fruit trees, 15 berry bushes, 1 olive and 3 nut trees. We […]

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Thorny Croft – Small Farm

Thorny Croft is an 8 hectare ‘small farm’, being established by Bob Corker and Kay Baxter in New Zealand, together with Taiamai and Franzi Corker. It is ‘Thorny Croft ’ because of the hawthorns which we love, and it is a ‘croft’ in the traditional sense of the word, in that it is it is a diverse and integrated small holding run by a family on leased land.

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Coevolution

Kay Baxter All photographs © Craig Mackintosh The more I learn about living simply, about permaculture design, about seeds and gardening, about food, nutrition, animals and about health and the regeneration of our soils and our own DNA, and about epigenetics, the more I realise our challenge is all about "stepping back into that circle of coevolution". We are beginning to understand how the life in the soil communicates with, […]

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Urban Design – Designing for Health

Kay Baxter with seed from an old barley variety Photo © Craig Mackintosh As a life long gardener and permaculture garden designer, I have never seen a design for a food garden that actually takes into account the fats, minerals and vitamins human beings need for optimum health, according to science and history. One of our research programs here at the Koanga Institute looks at relationships between human health, soil […]

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Food Security and Seed Saving

5-Day Workshop with Kay Baxter (from NZ’s Koanga Institute) at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia In our changing and unstable world, the question of food security is becoming increasingly relevant. Our ability to grow healthy food locally and sustainably is dependent in many ways on the quality of our seeds. It has been a focus of the Koanga Institute for many years to support home gardeners with the skills […]

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