REAL GAR­DENER

Jade Te­mepara has been feed­ing her fam­ily from her own gar­den for well over a decade, but her pas­sion for good food and healthy liv­ing has taken her way be­yond her own back­yard.

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Jade Te­mepara

For Jade Te­mepara, learn­ing about good food and how to grow it is a way of bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties and gen­er­a­tions to­gether. In 2010 she founded Hand Over a Hundy, teach­ing and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to grow their own food through com­mu­nity con­nec­tions.

Over many years of home har­vests, Christchurch based Jade has also gained skills in cook­ing and pre­serv­ing food in in­no­va­tive ways. Draw­ing on her wide ex­pe­ri­ences, she re­cently founded Kākano, a café and cook­ing school in Christchurch. Here, her em­pha­sis is on sea­son­al­ity, bas­ing her menu on what's been grown, for­aged, or sourced from lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

This en­er­getic young mother of five has been a fi­nal­ist for New Zealan­der of the Year for her work with fam­i­lies. She has won the NZ Gar­dener of the year, and is a sought af­ter speaker around New Zealand. She has also tried her hand at gar­den de­sign and won awards at the Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show.

In Novem­ber this year, Jade will host a gar­den plot at the New Zealand Flower and Gar­den Show in Auck­land where she’ll be shar­ing her knowl­edge on the best way to grow pro­duce, from gar­den to plate. She has an in­spir­ing list of lead­ing char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions on board to sup­port her project, in­clud­ing Sus­tain­able Coast­lines and the Auck­land Women’s Prison.

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