It feels like workplaces are slowly going back to normal, but after many, many months of remote working, it all feels a bit strange, right? Perhaps you have new colleagues, or have lost valued colleagues, and now need to create a whole new team culture.
Team building days are a good chance to get out of the office, off the computers, and connect as colleagues, get to know each other, and have a bit of a laugh while doing something totally unrelated to your daily work.
Going somewhere to plant native trees is great, but will that give you a skill to feed your family? Possibly not. Making biodynamic hot compost however, is something you won't get to learn often. Combine that with non-toxic weed management and you will head home ready to implement a fully circular model in your own garden or workplace.
Team building days on an organic farm
Meet Rory Fogerty and Jennifer Kerr, with their farm Permakai in Waiuku. Rory is a Permaculture advisor, and Jennifer a Compost Collective instructor. Their land is packed full of vegetable beds, an orchard, chickens, a couple of cows, and so many little compost bins and worm farms that it's like a soil factory.
Jennifer's vision is to eradicate all the weeds from the property. On team building days half the group will be clearing the land and learning how to manage a wide range of invasive plants without using chemicals. A lot of the green matter will be brought to Katrina, who spends team building days making biodynamic compost. Rory acts as host, or Master of Ceremonies, and is also in charge of the drone - you'll get most likely get video footage of your team in action.
What does a team building day typically look like?
This is a guideline:
10am Arrive. Welcome to the farm greeting. H&S briefing.
10:30. Split into groups and either go with Jennifer to harvest green material for compost, or go with Katrina to gather cow manure and start the hot compost build.
12:00-1:00 Lunch - time to connect over food, ask questions about how the farm is run, wander around the property and take photos.
1-2:30. Groups swap over and weed clearing continues, along with the second half of the hot compost build.
2:30 Pack away tools, final Q&A and time to chat.
How to book:
For more information, head to the Team Spirit Builders website: https://teamspirit.builders/about-teamspiritbuilders.html
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