Creek pantry touched up

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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.

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