I did my Permaculture Design Course at the Koanga Institute in Hawkes Bay in February. It was a wonderful learning experience and while I was there I was very fortunate to interview Kay Baxter for the radio show. Among many projects, Kay and her team are conducting an ‘experiment’ to see if they can produce enough food to feed a family a balanced diet on a 200m2 ‘garden’. In this small plot they have over 30 different species or varieties of fruit, as well as hens, rabbits, a topbar beehive, lawnmowing guinea pigs, and variety of vegetables some of which are dual purpose carbon crops for the compost. As much as possible they are trying to close the loop and reduce overheads so that the garden could provide for a family of four on a limited budget. For example, the rabbits are fed tree lucerne (tagasaste) instead of grains, and they hope to feed the hens on a combination of invertebrates from the deep litter system and perhaps purpose bred fly larvae.
You can listen to the PODCAST on Small Space Gardening with Kay. Please contact Maureen on firstname.lastname@example.org