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Educational courses

English language school and Environmental Education Programme

Caretaker Farm has run English language tuition for Japanese and Korean people in the past and is working towards establishing a live-in English language school for up to 12 students in the future operating from the farm.  We have received initial resource consent and are in the process of completing the work necessary under the terms of the consent.

It is envisaged that these students will commit to either a 4-week or a 6-week course and an individualised teaching programme designed to meet each studentís particular needs. Although the school is not officially running yet we are in a position now to start taking a few students who wish to learn English. The cost for this is currently negotiable and students interested in a live-in English language experience based on a farm should contact Audrey via email at am.sharp@auckland.ac.nz

Part of the Resource Consent will allow us to take children from NZ city schools for 3 day camps to learn environmental studies and in particular to understand the interaction of the land and the sea. Because we live on the Whangateau Harbour and close to the Marine Reserve at Goat Island it was felt that an environmental programme using practical teaching of permaculture and organics in conjunction with the local coastal environment would offer great benefits to young people. We hope this will all be ready by 2016.  

Short Courses

Caretaker Farm is hoping to host short one-day courses starting in 2015.

The topics are include "working with clay as a building medium", an "introduction to Permaculture in the garden design", "incorporating the goddess into your spititual life",  "an introduction to tarot and Astrology as part of understanding yourself", "Building a Mandela garden".

If you are interested in more information about these courses  then contact Audrey at am.sharp56@gmail.com

We are always looking for new topics and speakers so if you are interested in being a part of this educational programme please contact Audrey at am.sharp@auckland.ac.nz

International speakers are welcome and there is an openness to having any topic included as part of widening the education of the local area.


Other programmes

School visits, educational youth camps are the next ventures in education to be offered in the future. Whangateau has a campground within walking distance of the farm and it is hoped in the next 12 months that we can offer environmental and organic programmes to children aged 7-14 as part of an out-of-the-city camp experience in conjunction with their school. More on this later.

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