Tok’s gar­den for ev­ery­one

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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.

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