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Office update January 2016 - January 29, 2016

It seems like Christmas and New Year is ages ago already and it’s all business as usual here in the office. Just a few quick updates: We have received some great photos and updates from the grant recipients.  It’s really exciting to see what has been done with the help of their WWOOFers.  We are looking to hopefully offer more grant opportunities this year. The skills section has had a bit of an issue recently by displaying expired members in searches – this has been fixed! And lastly, we are aware that the website is not displaying correctly on some devices and for slow internet connections.  We have been working… Read More

It was in Springs Junction, middle of nowhere or heart of everything? -

This is the response I received from a WWOOFer when we asked for ideas and stories for the Guide  – some times I just love my job ♥ Just a few words that will hardly describe those three weeks spent in a small hand-built wooden house in center-south New Zealand Mountain. The place is amazing, the nature around, the mountains are so beautiful, forests and rivers you feel you are the first to walk on and contemplate. Water comes from a stream, so delicious and pure, electricity is out of a few solar panels. No phone coverage, you quickly get used to that. This place seems to attract highly interesting,… Read More

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Grant project update 2015 - January 9, 2016

The Garden Bed Walls Project at Arohanui We are fortunate enough to have been offered a grant by WWOOF NZ to support the development of our garden bed walls project. We are Michael and Jocelyn McKenzie and we live in the Kaipara, Te Tai Tokerau. Our project together started just over six years ago when we moved onto our 10 acre property. The first thing we did (even before building a whare) was to start cultivating the soil, double-digging clay heavy soil to begin the process of introducing fertility to the earth in which we can now grow nutrient dense food. Six years on our gardens are super productive.  … Read More