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THE WELLINGTONIAN, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
NIGHT CLASSES STARTING SOON
0800 475 455
This course is ideal for lifestyle block owners, home gardeners and/or commercial
growers and will provide key knowledge and skills required for organic growing.
The overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity and increase soil and
plant health, instead of relying on arti cial fertilisers and poisonous sprays. On
successful completion you will be awarded a Telford (a division of Lincoln University)
Certi cate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3).
Course Start: Tuesday 13th March 2012 in Wellington* with registration evening.
Course Cost $250.00
Gardening enthusiasts, growers, lifestyle block owners, professional gardeners,
farmers and orchardists of all ages are invited to register for this popular course held
here in the Wellington and Hutt regions (Hutt classes are on a Wednesday night).
Scheduled to start in Wellington Central, with an information evening planned
for Tuesday 13th March, this 8 month long night class course explores the
latest trends in sustainable growing. The overall aim is to build ecosystems,
promote biodiversity, increase soil and plant health and avoid the use of
arti cial fertilisers and sprays. A science-based approach explores a wide
range of organic techniques and systems. Topics covered include organic
philosophies, certi cation, soil management, soil food webs, composting, companion
planting, liquid organic fertilisers, crop rotation, green manures, weed control, pest
and disease management, plant knowledge and an introduction to permaculture.
This knowledge can be applied not only to food crops, but to the cultivation of any
plants -- from suburban gardens to pastures, orchards, shelter belts and woodlots.
Students meet once a week on a Tuesday night from 7 to 9.30pm mainly during the
school terms. In addition to attending tutorials and some weekend workshops or
eldtrips, students will need to complete practical and theory assignments in their
own time. You will be working towards a Telford Rural Polytechnic Certi cate in
Organic Horticulture (Level 3). Having some prior knowledge of horticulture and
growing plants is recommended although keen beginners are invited to apply.
Although this programme has a horticultural bias, pastoral farmers wishing to get an
understanding of what organic farming is all about will also nd this course of value.
Networking between organic growing enthusiasts is an
added bonus to joining this course.
GO ORGANIC and Live for a Better Day!
* Courses also available in Lower Hutt and Paraparaumu Note: Minimum numbers for course to commence.
For more information phone Agriculture New Zealand at 0800 4 SKILLS (0800 475 455)
Call NOW - numbers are limited so an early
expression of interest is advised!!
By JIM CHIPP
Intellectual athlete: Tom's aptitude for maths and sports ineptitude is a bitter disappointment to his rugby-loving father Jo until
former All Black Jonah turns up.
This year's French Film Festival will hold special
attraction for rugby aficionados.
Le Fils a Jo (Jo's Boy) is the story of Jo Canavero,
the third in a dynasty of sports legends in France's rugby-
To Jo's huge disappointment, his son Tom is more
interested in mathematics than sport.
A former All Black named Jonah arrives out of left field
to save the day.
Among the other festival offerings are Les Bien-Aimes
(Beloved), featuring French cinema legend Catherine
Deneuve, and The Look: un autoportrait a travers les
autres, which is a look at the world through the eyes of
Charlotte Rampling, a significant actress in English,
French and Italian films as well as in Hollywood.
Deux Jours a Paris (Two Days in Paris) is a French/
American couple's attempt to reignite their romance in
Paris. Julie Delpy directs and plays a lead role. Ensemble,
c'est tout (Hunting and Gathering), directed by Claude
Berri and starring Audrey Tatou, is a romantic fable of
four lost souls in Paris.
The 2012 French Film Festival opens at the Paramount
Theatre on March 8 with La Guerre est Declaree (Declar-
ation of War), which examines film-maker Valerie Donzelli
and writer Jeremie Elkaim's life as they deal with their
infant child's brain tumour. The festival runs until March
25. For information visit frenchfilmfestival.co.nz. To book
call the Paramount, 384 4080.
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