GreenBridge's second quarterly newsletter
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As always, we've been working on some wonderful projects...

Our subdivision design has continued with Pepper Construction, and the construction on the first eco-house at Whakawhiti Street will start shortly. The whole team has been involved in that project, and it will be great to see it being created in the real world.

We have also been working on smaller subdivision, where a stream on the site is being restored and enhanced, so it will be a major feature of the development as well as a community asset.
Stream restoration at Oranga St subdivision:
We're stoked to be providing some conceptual ideas for a local papakainga. Opportunities to combine sustainability with community aspirations really get us going!

Another project that the whole team has been involved in is Derek & Hazel's property near Urenui. It was thrilling to see our designs being manifested when the earthworks were completed recently.
Terraces at Derek & Hazel's property:
KAHURANGI FARM “could be a real game changer for dairy farming in Taranaki"

Earlier this year, we were approached by Duane of Kahurangi Farm, to find out how we could help with the sustainable development of this whanau-owned commercial dairy farm in South Taranaki. 

Duane wants a farm that will be as "sustainable as possible". So we started by designing a series of integrated shelter & fodder belts that infiltrate & clean polluted run-off before entering drains.
Design to improve water quality on the dairy farm:
While dairy farming is the whanau's main business, there is a desire to explore diversifying the farming operation, by utilising areas less suited to dairy farming. A question was posed: "How many family livelihoods could be provided on the farm?"

So we identified a 12 hectare area around the existing homestead that has multiple springs, a wetland, and a stream, and we came up with a terraquaculture design that could provide several family livelihoods for the whanau.
Concept design to provide multiple livelihoods from 12 ha:
The whanau desires to be more self-sufficient, with "less supermarket".  Building on this, there is a wish to help the wider whanau with a range of self-sufficiency and life skills including: gardening, animal husbandry, rongoa, natural building, weaving, and carving.

The whanau also want to develop a whanau retreat, camping, and gathering space on the land, alongside the Otakeho Stream, perhaps with some earth and experimental buildings, so we provided a concept design for this space too.

We can't wait to see what develops - we'll keep you posted!

Dairy Farm Concept showing multi-purpose fodderbelts and soakage zones:


Crop Swaps: Merrilands Sat 18th Oct, Oakura 25th Oct, Waitoriki 25th Oct. More info.
Farmers Market: Every Sunday 9am-noon in New Plymouth. More info
Urenui Country Market: Second Sunday of the month. More info.
Making a house a home with sustainable style: 6.30pm Fri 17th Oct at Hive. More info.
Animal Health Day: with Taranaki Land Girls, Sun 19th Oct. More info.
Taranaki BeeKeepers Club: Sun 20th Oct. More info.
GreenBridge Presents Their Work: Thurs 6th Nov, 7.30pm. More info.
Design Your Own EcoHome Workshop: 22nd & 23rd Nov. More info.

Eco-Garden Design for Derek & Hazel:

We will present an exciting overview of our work and show examples of local projects.... including the sustainable design and development of subdivisions, lifestyle blocks, productive urban gardens, food forests, eco-houses, and a dairy farm.

Thursday November 6th at 7.30pm
At Peace Hall, Vivian Street (opposite St Mary's Cathedral).
$5 entry. Hosted by the N.P. Green Party.

Bring your questions!
Check out the event on facebook.
A recent Eco-Garden Design in Vogeltown:
We are excited to be collaborating with the eco-architects at Building Biology & Ecology to offer this popular two-day workshop in Taranaki on 22-23 November 2014.

During Day One, we'll present inspirational and practical information about healthier and more sustainable building. Close interaction with experienced designers will help you develop ideas for your project. By the end of Day Two, you will have a conceptual plan for your home.

Day One - Theory: $195 per person
or $325 per couple or family.
Day Two - Design: $325 per project.
You can attend just one of the days, or both.

For more info, see our website.
Check out the event on facebook.
Sketch for a Regenerative Pre-Purchase Report:
GreenBridge is teaming up with Real Estate Eco-Agent Lynne Johnson!

Family health, sustainability, and on-going costs have become key considerations for many buyers of property.  With our new partnership with Lynne, we can provide a full range of services whether you’re looking to buy or sell.

If you’re looking to buy a property, we can help you define what it is you want in a property, and actively search the market for properties that match your criteria.  Then we can assess the sustainability elements of the best properties, allowing you to make the best possible decision and complete a purchase with confidence.
As the seller of a property, providing buyers with all the information they need in order to proceed forward and complete your property’s purchase is invaluable.  

And if you have a bare or challenging site, providing potential buyers with "a vision of what could be" can add significant value and give you access to buyers that wouldn’t otherwise consider your property. 

Our Basic Pre-Purchase Report provides a rating of a property's key sustainability elements and gives the property an overall rating. Our Sustainable Pre-Purchase Report provides more detail and covers more property elements. And if you need a vision for the site, then our Regenerative Report will paint a picture for you.

See our website for more information or call us for a free initial consultation.
We've teamed up with Real Estate Eco-Agent Lynne Johnson. We chose Lynne as the property marketing consultant to partner with because she understands what makes a sustainable property, and because Lynne is recognized as one of Taranaki's top performing sales agents.

Successful carrots: I often hear people complaining about how their carrots never do well. I grow great carrots, and here is how....
1. Prepare the garden bed well, by forking the soil, breaking up big chunks of earth, and removing weeds.
2. I sprinkle my carrot seed in shallow furrows made with my finger. Each furrow should be about 10cm apart. I cover each furrow with weed-free compost.
3. Water the bed and cover the carrot bed with bird netting, held up by hoops made of #8 wire (cheap and effective!). The netting stops birds and cats from digging in the bed, which I believe is responsible for 90% of carrot fatalities.
4. When the carrots have their true feathery leaves, thin them out to 5cm spacings and weed at the same time. Dispose of the thinned carrots in a compost pile or chook pen that is far away from your carrot patch! Cause carrot pests will smell the bruised carrot leaves and come to eat your healthy carrots.
5. Leave the netting on until the carrots are mature.
6. When you are ready to harvest your carrots, start at one end of your patch and work your way along each row. Don't harvest in a random pattern by going for the big ones first. If you do this, you'll bruise the neighbouring carrot leaves and the pests will smell your carrot patch out.
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