NorthTec tutor teaches how permaculture can improve home economy from property near Silverdale
NorthTec tutor Betsy Kettle is teaching students how to make the most of their land and reduce their living costs from her property near Silverdale, north of Auckland. Betsy has delivered programmes from her home since 2006 and uses her whole property as a teaching resource to exemplify living sustainably.
She will be delivering Sustainable Rural Development (level 3) programme in Semester Two from a classroom on her property and will provide plots in her garden for students to do their practical growing work. “Organics and permaculture are my focus here,”
said Betsy. “I will be teaching Home Herbs and Preserves, Planning and Planting a Home Orchard and Composting.”
“These skills are ideal for mothers with school-age children who want to save money by growing their own food. Students learn the basics of organic gardening such as growing home vegetables, improving clay soils, choosing heirloom fruits and vegetables, and organic pest and disease management.”
Many students on Betsy’s programme go on to apply their skills in school or community gardens to fulfil the practical requirement of the sustainable rural development programme. Betsy hopes to deliver Sustainable Rural Development (level 4) from her property in 2011.