Five Day | Gardening Masterclass | 3rd to 8th March 2024


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Tutors: Kay Baxter and the Garden Crew

Welcome to the Kōanga Institute Gardening Masterclass, where Kay and the Garden Crew will provide you with cutting-edge best practices for Biointensive Gardening and Growing Nutrient Dense Food, in local regenerative ways. This week-long experience offers the perfect blend of theory and hands-on practice, empowering you with the confidence to embark on your own journey of effectively and efficiently growing nutrient-dense food using state-of-the-art methods. Prepare to be inspired by these exceptional teachers, as their guidance will propel you to new heights in your gardening endeavors. If you are serious about growing food, this Masterclass is a must.

During the Masterclass, you will discover why Biointensive Gardening stands as the most efficient system known to us, enabling you to produce high-quality food while simultaneously nurturing the soil. Through hands-on participation, you will engage in each key step of the process within the garden, gaining firsthand experience and deepening your understanding of this remarkable system.

You will also learn how to strategically plan your gardens to ensure a year-round abundance of the foods you desire, while simultaneously building and enriching the soil to support optimal plant nutrition. Kay will provide invaluable insights into the concept of nutrient-dense food and guide you in utilizing a refractometer to test the nutritional density of your harvest. Understanding the profound connection between our food and our bodies, you will grasp how the strength and clarity of this communication largely determine our present and future health, shaping the well-being of generations to come.

Moreover, you will delve into the fundamental principles of growing nutrient-dense food, equipping you with the knowledge to design a personalized approach tailored to your specific needs. Throughout the Masterclass, you will be introduced to various methods, including harnessing the power of the compost heap, using ramial woodchip, creating Biochar and Bone char, and producing bone ash, making liquid fertilsers, building a Bioreactor and using the compost it makes. 

Prepare for a transformative Gardening Masterclass that will revolutionize the way you approach growing nutrient-dense food. With Kay and the Garden Crew as your guides, you will gain the skills and knowledge to nurture both your plants and the health of future generations.

As an added benefit, included in the ticket price for this workshop, you will receive a unique discount code for a 15% discount on our Online Gardening Masterclass. This exclusive opportunity allows you to continue your learning journey beyond the workshop and delve deeper into the world of gardening and plant cultivation from the comfort of your own home. Enhance your skills, expand your knowledge, and cultivate your green thumb with this valuable discount for our comprehensive Online Gardening Masterclass.


Sunday 3rd March: Starting 4pm for welcome, introductions and settling in

Monday 4th to Thursday 7th March: 9am to 4pm

Friday 8th March: 9am to 3pm

Meals Provided

Sunday 3rd: Dinner

Monday 4th to Thursday 7th: Breakfast – Morning Tea- Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner

Friday 8th: Breakfast – Morning Tea – Lunch – Afternoon Tea

Catered Meals During the Workshop: We understand the significance of food in ecosystems, cultures, and health. That’s why all the meals provided during the workshop are thoughtfully sourced and prepared. While we cannot accommodate specific food preferences or intolerances, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any concerns or queries.

At Kōanga, we recognize the vital role of food in ecosystems, cultures, communities, and our overall health. Therefore, all the meals served during our courses adhere to these principles:

  • Locally sourced
  • Organic
  • Unrefined
  • Nutrient-dense
  • Traditional
  • Prepared following the principles of Weston A. Price

For your convenience, we offer very basic camping facilities on-site, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Alternatively, you can opt to stay in Wairoa at your own cost. If you’re travelling from afar and need accommodation the night before or after the workshop, kindly inform us in advance. During this time, participants usually arrange their own food and cooking facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you here at Kōanga Institute.