Learn­ing to grow your own

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Spring clean your life this Satur­day at Te Rito Gar­dens’ first ever Spring Fes­ti­val.

The or­ganic teach­ing char­ity will cel­e­brate sus­tain­able liv­ing at its Kenepuru site with gar­den­ing, com­post and worm farm demon­stra­tions, a bike-mend­ing work­shop and a work­shop on emer­gency pre­pared­ness in Porirua.

There will be a cheap or­ganic hangi to feed the crowds, a pop-up cafe, kids’ games and en­ter­tain­ment from teen jazz pi­anist Leonardo Cogh­ini and the Porirua Col­lege kapa haka group.

‘‘It’s a sus­tain­abil­ity fes­ti­val. It’s about pro­mot­ing Te Rito Gar­dens, pro­mot­ing or­ganic food, get­ting kids gar­den­ing,’’ says Tushara Kodikara, Porirua city coun­cil’s zero waste co-or­di­na­tor. ‘‘It’s a fun day for the en­tire fam­ily.’’

Gar­den­ers, whether novice or ex­pe­ri­enced, will be able to buy seedlings and cooks will be able to pick up or­ganic fruit and veges.

‘‘If you’re into gar­den­ing you can come and get cheap seed­ings to plant,’’ Mr Kodikara says.

If cre­at­ing a gar­den is a scary prospect, the fes­ti­val will give at­ten­dees solid knowl­edge and con­fi­dence, says Richard Withe­ford- Smith, the coun­cil’s graf­fiti man­age­ment co-or­di­na­tor. ‘‘If peo­ple have ques­tions about or­ganic gar­den­ing, then all the ex­perts will be here.’’

Grow­ing food, com­post­ing and in­dulging in some light DIY can save peo­ple heaps of money, says Te Rito tu­tor Sam Buchanan. ‘‘It’s cheaper to grow it than it is to buy it.’’

Spring Fes­ti­val, Satur­day, 10am till 2pm at Te Rito Gar­dens, 6 Has­sell Rd in the Porirua Hospi­tal grounds. Hangi meals must be pre-or­dered – asert.trust@xtra.co.nz, $6 adults, $3 chil­dren.

Cel­e­brate spring: A Spring Fes­ti­val this Satur­day at Kenepuru’s Te Rito Gar­dens will teach peo­ple the ba­sics of or­ganic gar­den­ing, say or­gan­is­ers Richard Withe­ford-Smith, Te Rito man­ager Are Karati, and Tushara Kodikara.

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