IMG1319As Kiwi Gardeners, over many years of working with ecology and with our mission to support others in doing so as well, we have seen many different gardens, involving many different people, and from these experiences we have learned several key lessons:


  • To simply use any design process, even if it is well intentioned, is not in itself a guarantee that you will achieve the goal of an abundance of nutrient-rich food.
  • Clearly setting your intentions and goals at the outset is very important to enable you to achieve the best results.
  • You need to have a good understanding of the environment in which you are working and the principles involved to have a reasonable chance of getting good results. Simply following what someone else says, even it worked for them, is no guarantee it will work for you.
  • We have found that using any particular method of growing, be it chemical or biologically based (e.g. organic {of many hues and colours}, bio-intensive, biodynamic, bio-nutrient, nutrient dense or any other of a diverse mix of methods now accessible through the internet) does not in itself guarantee you will achieve the goal of an abundance of nutrient-rich food.
  • Whatever the scale of your growing efforts, whether it be a single plant in a pot, a homestead situation with several hectares/acres involved, or anything in between there is great value in working with an ecology centred design process. Of course, the smaller the scale of growing, the simpler and less work is involved. However for all scales of growing we still find it the best framework to use, as it always gives the best results.

In fact, from our knowledge and experience gained in working with an ecological approach, we believe that the first step is always to work with a sound design process to give you the best chance of success.

As such, we are offering a course, “Design for Nutrition”, which is the gateway to participating in our “Grow Your Own Nutrient-Rich Superfood” educational package. To learn more about this course, go here.