Teaching Garden

Teaching gardenOur vision is that everyone's food needs are met from local sources, and therefore we seek to support and enable people to grow locally as well as sustainably.

Building a sustainable edible garden is a circular process starting with improving soil fertility, planting strong seeds, maintaining plant health organically to produce nutrient dense food, harvesting and sharing this abundance with community, saving seeds for the next growing season, and working to the environmental conditions. All our organic material including food scraps are composted to go back into the soil, drawing down carbon and reversing climate change.

Community Compost hub

In 2020 we also established a new Community Compost Hub in the grounds of the Engine Bay plant nursery, Hobsonville Point, generously supported by Compost Collective, Four Winds Foundation and the Upper Harbour Local Board. Such a hub supports many stages of food production and sustainability. 

Creating a true Teaching Garden hub

  • Learn through action, experience and connection
  • Get your hands dirty and work alongside others
  • Join our workshops on backyard and community gardens
  • Become a garden volunteer, learn new skills and make new friends

We provide advice on community garden setup, sustainable practice, volunteer involvement, crops and crop management to schools and community groups, as well as advise on composting and hub operation. We will support & enhance volunteer experience and opportunities, including leadership for a self-sustaining system, and create a welcoming environment for the community. 

Food security

  • Producing as much food as possible locally. Become the solution
  • Being less reliant on global food supply chain and the centralised distribution system

Benefits of growing our own food

  • Nutrient dense, nourishing and organic, plus eating what's in season
  • Zero waste! No plastic packaging, no food miles… just walking out to pick a lettuce
  • Convenient and cheaper. We encourage to use, borrow, share what's available
  • Building and restoring soil helps draw down carbon and reverse climate change

Whether growing on window sill, balcony in a pot, backyard, community garden, food forest, or planning to set up a urban food farm as a business, gardening and growing food is good for our mental health as we focus on something positive and alive. Now is good time to start!

We thank our funders and supporters!

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