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Introduction to Market Gardening


  • Roebuck Farm Hurford Road Omata, Taranaki, 4374 New Zealand (map)

What it takes to set up, maintain and advance
a profitable market garden from scratch.

2 Day Catered Workshop
1st + 2nd June 2019
at Roebuck Farm
New Plymouth

Nestled in a valley our picturesque farm has become an international beacon for modelling the alliance between sustainable, traditional growing principles and modern innovations. As a thriving bio-intensive market garden and restoration grazing farm, we focus on growing + locally direct marketing our own produce and regenerating pasture diversity with stock management .

We teach these principles through highly interactive on-farm activities based around our agrarian & market garden production cycles.

Over the two days of this workshop Jodi Roebuck will share with you all that has been involved in establishing his market garden. The practical will cover all the initial building blocks for developing a site including aspect, planning + design, right through to implementation including bed preparation options, innovative hand held tools, crop choices, propagation, harvesting and beyond.

During this workshop you will learn the following:

What to look for in a site
Planning + design
Bed preparation
Irrigation systems
Compost
Glasshouse options
Propagation options
Harvesting techniques
Washroom design
Washing your produce
Post harvest systems for washing, drying, bagging + chilling greens
Washing + bunching root vegetables,
Growing micro greens
Seeding with the Earthway, Jang + SixRow Seeder
Flame weeder
Using tarpaulins
Stale seed bedding
Innovative tools
Cloches for winter production + preventing insect damage
Our list of resources including gardens + farms to follow,
seed companies we deal with, tool companies we love,
books + podcasts.