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Wai-Ora Trust Community Garden Plots fo 2017/18

Wednesday, August 23, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: community gardens, gardening, families, healthy food

A Māori Grandmother and infant grandchild at the Wai-Ora Trust Community Garden.The Wai-Ora Trust is happy to announce they are now taking applications for Community Garden Plots for the 2017-18 season.

There are limited plots and many of last year’s groups are returning. So don’t muck around... get your applications back ASAP!

For the past 15 years the Trust has opened up its property to whānau, youth and community groups to learn to grow fresh vegetables. These plots have been a hugely beneficial service with hundreds of individuals harvesting corn, cabbage, potatoes, lettuces, beetroot, tomatoes and numerous other veggies to take home to their whānau.

Over the years we have trialed various sized plots with great success and will again be offering smaller plots and small raised garden beds.

This year we have reduced the number of plots available in order to plant a fruit forest which we hope, over time, will produce a sustainable supply of various fruits for our community.

The Wai-Ora Trust provides everything you need to succeed including:

  • The land;
  • The seeds and seedlings;
  • Tools;
  • Simple directions; and
  • Practical hands-on support.

All you need to do is:

  • Get a group of dedicated friends or whanau members together who can commit to weekly attendance.
  • Have everyone come to work in the garden each week!
  • Pay a one-off $100 per group registration fee (payable on acceptance)
  • Keep up with the planting and harvesting.
  • Enjoy the kai that you grow.

Download the Wai-Ora Community Garden Plot application form and return to the address below if you would like to apply for a plot this year:

Community Gardens
Wai-ora Trust
48 Watsons Road
Harewood
Christchurch

Please don’t send registration fees until your application has been approved. All groups must complete an application form even if you have been involved in previous years.

Contact the Wai-ora Trust Kaiwhakahaere/ General Manager for further information (ricky[at]waioratrust.org.nz).

More about the Wai-Ora Trust Community Garden Plots

The Wai-Ora Trust is proud and privileged to once again be supported by:

  • Zealandia Horticulture who generously supply seedlings throughout the season.
  • Tui Garden Products who provide potting and garden mix as well as tools and associated products.
  • Parkland Products who generously sponsor garden reels and hoses for the gardens.

The plots have helped numerous groups and whanau reduce their shopping bill, contribute to their clients food stores, feed their clients and whanau as well as teaching young people the importance of gardening and healthy eating.

The gardens are used by numerous community groups whom are looking for a regular weekly activity for their clients that has physical and health benefits. All involved have benefitted from these gardens - from local families, groups of friends, youth and disability groups, through to different ethnic and religious groups, elderly, and government and residential facilities.

Find out more about the Wai-Ora Trust Community Gardens.

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