Community garden is for everyone
John Mott admits he’s not a greenie by any stretch of the imagination. He doesn’t talk to his plants – yet.
Coming into spring, Matamata’s community garden is full of veges.
Mott, along with his wife Jan and a band of merry helpers, have been running the community garden for three years.
Mott said they try to plant a variety of green vegetables. The garden, located behind the Union Parish Church on Peria Rd, is for the entire community, not just those in need, Mott stresses.
‘‘We need to keep on reminding people that we’re here, because there are people in town that don’t know we exist.’’
The Mott’s and their helpers keep the garden fairly well stocked all year round. There are plenty of cabbage, cauli, lettuce, silverbeet and even the odd herb to name just a few. Potatoes will be ready in time for Christmas.
Mott and the community gar- den receive a lot of support from Matamata businesses. Mott said he and his wife get great satisfaction in passing that support back to those in the community.
Over the years the community garden has been ‘‘so successful’’. The garden has never been vandalised, a fact which Mott is particularly proud of.
‘‘ We’re surrounded by really beautiful people in our community. I’ve been humbled by all the support we’ve had over the years,’’ he said.
Veges that aren’t taken by the community are handed out to the various agencies including the Foodbank.
The community garden is sponsored by Kaimai Nurseries, Mitre 10 and the Warehouse, along with plenty more who offer support throughout the year.
COMMUNITY GARDEN: John Mott, along with his wife Jan and a band of merry helpers, have been running the Matamata Community Garden for three years.