Winter Solstice – Pot Luck Lunch and Field Day
at Graham and Diane’s property,
Collie Road, Te Kowhai
Sunday 10th June at 11 am
The event will start with a tour of their Rammed Earth eco-home. It is more like a journey through Waikato’s history as materials for the house have been sourced from more than 30 different buildings and their provenance is revealed with a slide show. It would be appreciated if members remove footwear for the tour and so, if desired, bring house shoes.
This will be followed by a Solstice Pot Luck Lunch – that will be held in their garage. Please bring a plate or two of food to share. Please also bring chairs, if you would like to be seated, and whatever eating utensils you require (plate, bowl, cup, fork etc). The committee will provide tea, coffee and juice.
After lunch, we will view the farm, which is (in Graham’s words) ‘one big tree crop – albeit not necessarily tree/fruit crops’. The farm plantings include landscape planting, bird and livestock fodder crops, fruit trees, production shelter belts, amenity planting, tree-scaping, screening and lakes and ponds. There is a 2 km walkway through 400-500 year old native bush with two boardwalks over wetland areas. There is an intensive predator programme and a brief surveillance video will be shown. The tour will require appropriate footwear for safety reasons.
Graham and Diane embarked on the sustainability journey in 1985 and they will discuss with us some of the concepts that they have developed both within-farm and industry-wide. To support their ongoing commitment to environmental enhancement, the branch committee will make a donation to their tree acquisition fund. If they like, people attending can also bring along a native plant.