Whanganui Biochar Trial April 2018

After months of preparation, the first trial of an open-sourced biochar kiln ring went ahead on Sunday the 8th April at the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui.  Shane Middlemiss a new resident to the settlement was inspired to do internet research to improve the soil quality of the Settlement’s sandy soils....

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SOLAR ARRAY TURNS TWO YEARS OLD

SOLAR ARRAY turns TWO YEARS OLD January 24th was the 2nd anniversary of the installation of the Solar Array. In these 24 months the system has harvested a total of 26.16 MEGAwatt/hours which averages out at 35.83 kilowatt/hours per day.  While the monetary return on the system has been severely...

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REMOVAL OF PAPPLE TREES

It was with some sadness that two old papple trees were taken down on 25th May.  Unfortunately their fruit has dropped on the shed roof of House D for a long time causing a lot of disturbance to the residents in that house and to some of the neighbours as...

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TREE PLANTING OCTOBER 2013

A community tree planting was held on Sunday 5th October, to fill in some gaps below the dam (see the dam project). Not shown in these photos were lots of young kids involved, some resident and some visiting during the school holidays.

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New Olive Trees

On Saturday 17th August we hired a little red digger to uplift some  10 year old olive trees from Mark Christensen’s property. We had to dig round all sides of the tree before they could be lifted out.  And Zac enjoyed his first play in a real digger. We had...

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