Tok’s garden for everyone
With sky-rocketing supermarket produce prices the team at the Tokoroa Community Gardens are surprised more people are not popping by.
The charitable trust operates around 2ha of gardens in Braeside Av and with the help of volunteers is able to sell chemical free fresh vegetables at reasonable prices. A bunch of spinach is $2 and lettuces are $1.
A mini nursery has also been set up offering flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetable plants, and herbs which have been sourced via splitting up or transplanted plants from local gardens.
Despite operating for 13 years secretary Robyn Wolfe said she’s surprised some people are just finding out about the gardens.
‘‘There are still people in the town who don’t know we exist and we can’t believe it,’’ she said.
‘‘If we can get more people coming here instead of going to the supermarket that would be great because any money we can spare goes back into the community,’’ organiser Lynn Wilson added.
Volunteers come from all walks of life to help out with the gardens and they are also referred via the Department of Corrections.
Besides producing vege’s, Wolfe said the gardens also doubles as an educational facility for people wanting gardening advice and practice.