Are community gardens the future?
‘‘It would be fantastic if we have one community garden in every street within the next 20 years,’’ gardner Judith Rosamund said.
After more than 30 years growing her own food and travelling around Europe and working in community gardens, Rosamund believes community gardens are vital.
Within the next few months Rosamund hopes to spread the word and get a community garden pilot up and running on the North Shore and the Hibiscus Coast.
‘‘I am hoping people will open up their gardens to people who do not have the space to grow food on their street. I have a real passion for gardening and eating healthy, I think a lot more people also do now.’’
Rosamund said she is looking at ways to face challenges today such as global warming and natural disasters.
‘‘There are a lot more people who are into gardening now and growing their own food as the prices in the supermarkets seem to be constantly increasing due to things like natural disasters.
‘‘I want to be able to overlap people’s needs for example by pairing someone who has a garden but does not want to do the work with someone who doesn’t have the space but wants to grow.’’
She said community gardens are great and the benefits are important in regards to food security and climate change.
‘‘If we all know how to grow our own food and work together as a community to do this there is less risk when it comes to the quality of food. Also by having more gardens it reduces the chances of flooding as gardens soak up the water.’’
Rosamund believes getting your hands in the soil and growing and eating fresh food is critical for your body.
‘‘The convenience is also beneficial as people will no longer have to get in their car and go to the supermarket if they forgot something, they can just walk down the road or to their backyard.’’
With the aim of starting a community garden north of Auckland within the next few months, Rosamund said people can contact her on 02102283363 if they are interested in helping or being involved.
‘‘I would like to see people turning lawns into gardens and for people of all ages getting involved to build this,’’ she said.
Judith Rosamund wants every community to have a communal garden within the next 20 years.