Tuesday 7th May 12.30-1.30pm

ōtākaro orchard
  • 227 Cambridge Terrace
  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand
  • With Membership discount $10.00 incl. GST
  • with Life Membership discount $10.00 incl. GST
  • $12.00 incl. GST


Join us for this special visit to Ōtākaro Orchard. Looking into Permaculture design we will explore the 7 layers of a Food Forest, with all its diverse and beneficial relationships. We will investigate how the lessons we learn from nature can be replicated in our built environment and how the new Ōtākaro Orchard building is also being built with these principles; capturing maximum energy; harnessing it; storing it; and recycling it. With a blue green roof and solar array, compost toilets, adobe mud brick for passive solar heating, non-toxic building materials, and grey water recycling, this new Education Hub and Cafe will be a living learning lab for us and our children and a precious asset for the coming centuries. Permaculture teacher and project co-ordinator of Sumner Food Forest and Ōtākaro Orchard Food Forest and Community Garden, Roz Rolls, educates school groups, visitors and volunteers to grow soil, plants and food resilience. Working as a facilitator for the Food Resilience Network, aka, Edible Canterbury, Roz is passionate about supporting permaculture education and whole systems thinking.

$10 of the ticket price will go as a donation to Ōtākaro Orchard to support the final stages of their new building project. You can meet us at the Orchard: 227 Cambridge Terrace or meet at 12.10 at the WEA, and a group will walk over. Please wear closed shoes and warm clothes as we will be walking around the food forest for a portion of this visit. We will postpone if the weather looks nasty!