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.
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.