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FREE Sustainable Urban Living Workshops at Parnell Farmers' Market


On Saturday mornings spend two hours picking up useful sustainability tips for your home and garden in the workshops below.

Thanks to funding from Waitemata Local Board, Parnell Trust has been able to offer a continuing series of free sustainability-themed workshops on Saturday mornings alongside Parnell Farmers' Market, at 545 Parnell Road.

Please contact Aya Nakamura, Community Service Co-cordinator, for more details and to enrol in workshops. Phone 09 555 5164 or email   .


Our Upcoming Workshops:

Textile Upcycling: Rag Rug Making

Facilitator: Barbara Woodman
Date: Saturday, 31st August
Start time: 9:00 – 11:00am

Make a vintage-style Rag Rug from your lovely old fabrics and clothes. Barbara Woodman of Warm Hearts Upcycling will get you started reusing natural textiles and reducing waste at this hands-on workshop.


Live More, Waste Less

Facilitator: Lisa Hansby
Date: Saturday, 21st September
Start time: 9:30 – 11:00am

Learn practical tips on how to deal with household rubbish and make choices that reduce your rubbish output with low waste ambassador, Lisa Hansby.


Let’s Make Beeswax Wraps

Facilitator: Let’s Make it Green
Date: Saturday, 5th October
Start time: 9:30 – 10:30am

Be part of the movement to reduce plastic waste! Join Yvonne and Liz who will show you how to make your own reusable beeswax food wraps - a beautiful alternative to plastic cling film. All materials will be provided.


Growing Your Own Food in a Small Space

Facilitator: Paul Crowhurst
Date: Saturday, 12th October
Start time: 9:30 – 11:30am

An interactive workshop showing you how to maximise your space to grow fruit trees and vegetables for your own table. The focus will be on organic and semi-organic ways to produce edibles. You will soon feel confident in having a go at growing your own.



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Previous workshops have included: 

Live More, Waste Less
with Lisa Hansby

Learn practical tips on how to deal with household rubbish and make choices that reduce your rubbish output.

Chicken Keeping in the City
with Barbara Stumbles

Learn how to keep happy, healthy chickens with Babara Stumbles. We'll look at the best breeds to raise, types of housing, bedding and feeding.

Urban Beekeeping
with Carol Downer

Bees are brilliant! With a hive in your backyard you’ll help your local ecosystem flourish and be rewarded with honey. Carol’s workshop will cover the basics you’ll need to know before setting up a bee hive. Learn about the history, biology and health of bees; types of hives, positioning hives and the law; and have your questions answered.

Preserving Fruits and Damson Jams with Lynda Hallinan

Become a bottling and preserving champion with tips, tricks, recipes and techniques. Working with damson plums and late summer fruits, you'll learn how to whip up deliciously tart conserves and jams. 

Textile Upcycling 
with Barbara Woodman

Try your hand at upcycling old textiles. Barbara Woodman from Warm Hearts Upcycling will help you create rag rugs and offer information on reinventing and revitalising your waste.

A Guide to Worm Farming
with Worms R Us

Come and see how easy and fun worm farming of organic wastes can be! Learn about the best environment for composting worms and their brilliant benefits for your garden.

Organic Gardening
with Ruth Wood

Learn to look after your garden organically with tips that prioritise the health of the soil and the environment.

with The Compost Collective

Learn how to turn your waste into a resource for your garden. Covers worm farms, Bokashi bins and composting.