Or­ganic gar­den­ing a fes­ti­val fea­ture

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Young Porirua jazz ex­po­nent Leonardo Cogh­ini and his band The Funky Pi­geons will form part of the sound­track at this Satur­day’s Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

The event is be­ing staged by Te Rito Gar­dens and Porirua City Coun­cil at the or­ganic gar­dener’s base in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds.

Cogh­ini and his band were the pick of the crop among high school acts at the 2012 New Zealand Jazz Fes­ti­val in Tau­ranga. The group is al­ready busy fundrais­ing for this year’s jazz fes­ti­val.

Other en­ter­tain­ment at the Har­vest Fes­ti­val in­cludes Aotea Col­lege bar­ber­shop quar­tet The Rook­ies, one-man-band The Ukulele Orches­tra, Zone Dance and mor­ris dancers.

As well as sweet beats, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture zero waste, com­post­ing and worm-farm­ing work­shops, a cafe and stalls, a garden tour, gi­ant fruit and vege con­tests and a scare­crow­mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Over 250 peo­ple at­tended last year’s event, many of them lured by the hangi. Or­gan­is­ers plan to hold two of the fes­ti­vals each year, pro­vid­ing res­i­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about or­ganic gar­den­ing for free.

A gourmet lunch will be for sale, and will fea­ture as a prize for some of the pun­ters who at­tend the work­shops.

The Har­vest Fes­ti­val is on from 11am till 3pm, March 23, 6 Has­sel Road.

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