Creek pantry touched up
The Cannons Creek Community Pantry welcomed the growing season on October 23 with a huge spring clean of its beds.
A dozen volunteers spent two hours cutting down a tree to make way for more vegetable beds, installing a raised bed and planting it with blueberries and a feijoa hedge, and installing a pallet garden, Community Pantry co-ordinator Tim Borrer said.
The garden is at Wesley Community Action on the corner of Bedford St and Mungavin Ave.
The pantry, established in 2011, grows fruit and vegetables for Wesley’s food bank and is intended to inspire people to have a go growing vegetables at home, Mr Borrer said.
The Community Pantry runs gardening workshops and has supported more than 60 families to establish vegetable gardens.
Bunnings Porirua staff were part of the recent working bee, and the company also donated vouchers for seedlings and compost to get new gardeners started.
The Community Pantry initiative has been supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Dove Charitable Trust, Mana Community Trust and Medibank.
Spring clean: Volunteers got the Cannons Creek Community Pantry in shape for spring last month. From left, Bunnings staff Ray McKee and Christine Siolo, community pantry volunteer Paula Lolohea and Phil Knight from Bunnings.