Community garden crew raring to grow
The frozen veges will remain in the freezer if Tawa gets its proposed community garden.
With the growing sense of getting back to grassroots and homegrown food, community gardens have been popping up everywhere.
A discussion group on Neighbourly.co.nz led to conversation about starting one in the Tawa, organiser Robyn Parkinson said.
Six months on, the process is firmly under way, with the group just waiting for the goahead from Wellington City Council.
‘‘We’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time,’’ Parkinson said.
‘‘There’s a growing sense of, ‘Yes we’ve got a great community, but there is always more we can do’.’’
If all goes to plan, planting could begin in spring, making for a fresh summer harvest.
Parkinson said it was a way to pass on knowledge about gardening and harvesting to the next generation.
‘‘It’s to get people excited about gardening.
‘‘ The project is bringing together all kinds of people.’’
The garden would be built in stages on the 30-metre by 10m lot, starting with vegetables, but eventually including fruit trees and flowers.
‘‘It is going to make the area a lot more pretty.’’
Volunteers would take pro- duce home, with surplus going to Kiwi Community Assistance, a Tawa charity.
This lot at Coronation Park, Oxford St, Tawa, could be sprouting vegetables by next year.