Ōtākaro Orchard is a living learning environment where people can grow, cook, and preserve their own fruit and veggies. Community experts will share their skills, teaching us where our food comes from and how to grow it ourselves.

Education programmes

For kids

Youth education

We have hands on learning education where students can come visit the site and actively take part in projects. We can tailor activities for different age groups.

Learn about :
  • Permaculture
  • Food forests
  • Making compost
  • Worm farms & Insect Hotels
  • Companion planting
  • Propagating plants
  • Plant care
  • Seed saving
  • Nature play

For Community

Group workshop

We offer one day workshops or a series of lessons for both Schools and Community groups.

Learn about :
  • Permaculture
  • Food forest systems
  • Resource management
  • Regenerative practices
  • Soil and water health
  • Growing soil and feeding the soil web
  • Edible garden systems
  • Nursery systems
  • Pest and disease control

Latest News

Red and Black Roofing – Supply Chain Superheroes

Paul Stanley-Boden at Red and Black Roofing loves an interesting build. He likes to ask how you can get a building to work, and how […] – Supply Chain Superheroes

Keeping  you toasty warm at the Ōtākaro  Orchard Cafe and Information Centre is our ‘Supply Chain Superhero’’s underfloor heating system. We met with Martin and Lara at to have a chat about the system, and what made them want to join us.