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PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute)

PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute)

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  • Commenced: 01/01/1987
  • Submitted: 03/08/2011
  • Last updated: 11/10/2014
  • Location: 96 Kotare Road, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
  • Phone: +64 6 8386269
  • Website: www.koanga.org.nz
  • Climate zone: Mediterranean



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PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute)

Project Type

Rural, Intentional Communities, Demonstration, Educational, PRI Master Plan

Project Summary

A national seed saving organisation dedicated to saving the heritage food plants of Aotearoa. Providing a broad range of Permaculture based workshops and education programs.

Project Description

The Koanga Institute is committed to:

· The protection, conservation and development of NZ's genetic and cultural heritage food plants

· Investigating the nutritional and health benefits of selected plants in our collection

· Exploring the benefits of heritage plants and animals in biological production systems

· The development of educational programs that focus on the practical skills in the field of sustainable living

· Research into the world wide innovation of sustainable living

The vision of the Institute is born out of 30 years of collecting heritage fruit trees, vegetables and flowers by Kay Baxter and others, in association with the Koanga Institute. This nationally important collection is in turn built on the foundation of hundreds of generations of gardeners and farmers who have nurtured the biodiversity and cultural heritage upon which civilisation has developed (we have co-evolved with our food plants and animals).

Much of the Koanga Institute's work has been in response to the fact that in the past 100 years much of the genetic diversity in food plants, all over the world, has disappeared as a result of the industrialisation of our food production.

In the process of 'saving the seeds', all those involved have come to the wider realisation that not just the ecology of our 'food evolution' has been compromised by industrialisation, but many other aspects of our 'human ecology' have likewise been compromised, and we can't address the one issue (eg seed saving) in isolation. Seed Saving is one aspect of the broader need to address our 'human ecology'. Thus, while an immediate priority for the Institute is seed protection and conservation, it is also committed to contributing practical holistic solutions in the wider field of sustainable living, and the development of our Education programs to facilitate the passing on of what we learn.

Updates

Rocket Stove - Hot Water!

In my last post, I showed a picture of a wood powered water heater, so well roll up our sleeves and get into how this was designed. But first a warning! Boiling water is easy to do, boiling water in a closed container and not blowing yourself up is much t

Posted about 2 years ago (2 comments)

Rocket Stove Nitty Gritty

The first post on the rocket oven left many with more questions than they started with so this is a follow up to cover some aspects in more detail. It would probably help to re read the first article and my replies to comments as I'm just going to forge a

Posted about 2 years ago (1 comments)

Rocket Oven! Permanent Wall Mounted Kitchen Oven.

We're using this awesome Rocket Stove powered Wall oven for all the catering here at Koanga, it gets daily use and we're loving it! The amount of wood required is minimal, a tiny fraction of what a regular wood fired stove would use.

Posted about 2 years ago (8 comments)

The Process of Co-Evolution

The more I learn about living simply; about Permaculture Design, about seeds, gardening, food, nutrition, animals and about health and the regeneration of our soils, epigenetics and our own DNA, the more I realize our ‘challenge’ is all about “stepping

Posted about 2 years ago (0 comments)

Urban Design for a Sustainable Future - Design Update

So we’re on a mission to see if we can design and implement an urban garden ( 200sq m) that can provide a family of 4 something close to the levels of Vitamin A and calcium Weston Price found in all indigenous people’s diets that he visited in the 1920’s

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

NZ Heritage Potato Report

At the Koanga Institute, we're working to improve the health of our collection of NZ heritage potatoes.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)

Urban Design for a Sustainable Future

As a lifelong gardener I have never ever seen a design for a food garden that takes into account the fats, minerals and vitamins we actually need, according to science and history. We're going to give it a go!

Posted over 2 years ago (1 comments)

Appropriate TechnoloyWorkshop happening now

We have an amazing group of people here this week to work together to find appropriate ways of building beautiful autonomous homes using local materials, simple technology, for a very low cost.

Posted over 2 years ago (0 comments)