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How Do We Grow Our Vegetables?

How Do We Grow Our Vegetables? It would be fair to say that when we started to grow more of our own vegetables, both for ourselves and our guests at the Lodge, we did not know a lot. This post is about what we have learned, but also, about what we have [...]

By | 2019-11-22T03:05:11+00:00 November 21st, 2019|Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

The “Joy” of Camping

For many people, hearing the simple statement, “I’m going camping”, can elicit a look of discomfort at best and horror at worst. Why is this the case? Why do so many adults react with horror to the thought of going camping? I have my theories about this, but I think that much [...]

By | 2019-09-05T01:45:11+00:00 September 1st, 2019|Articles, Blog, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

Almost Seed Sowing Time

Almost Seed Sowing Time Why is it that when you are young, you think you can change the world? When I first came to Pukeokahu, Taihape, I was certainly full of thoughts around what could be achieved in making a better world. If not for everyone else, at least for myself and [...]

By | 2019-08-23T03:03:40+00:00 August 16th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Lodge, Permaculture|0 Comments

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time

Somewhere Far Away – a beguiling place where everything is available all the time Have you ever heard of this place? That “Somewhere Far Away” place. You know, the place where tomatoes and cucumbers come from in the middle of winter. The place where pineapples and exotic off-season fruits come from [...]

Speaking from The Heart?

Speaking from The Heart? Why is there an issue for anyone around speaking out about what is ethical and fair for people and the planet? Why by speaking out do you pick up a brand of being somehow a greenie loopy? That by speaking out, or writing about these issues you are being unrealistic, [...]

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd

Thoughts on Using Holistic Grazing Management with a Horse Trekking Herd As I write this it is the 18th December here at Pukeokahu on the central plateau hill country of the North Island of New Zealand. This is early summer, with the long days really starting to heat up. Out on the horse pasture, [...]

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change

A Whole Viewpoint of Combating Climate Change Imbalance in one element effects other related elements. This would seem to be self-evident, however when we look at our response to the unfolding climate and ecological dramas that beset us it does not appear obvious at all. New Zealand has committed to planting one billion trees [...]

Building A Community?

Building a Community? That healthy communities, and recognition of the interconnectedness of communities, is critical as we go on as a human civilisation I would have thought is a given. But first, let me make it clear that when I say communities I mean all communities, both human and non-human. As far as this [...]

The Bigger Better Vegetable Garden

The Bigger, Better, Vegetable Garden If you have either visited River Valley in recent years, or been following us online, you will know that a strong part of our ethic is attempting to be a regenerative business. A business that has a primary aim to benefit the land, nature, local community, family, [...]

By | 2019-01-02T21:53:13+00:00 October 14th, 2018|Blog, Environment & Food, Permaculture|0 Comments