Group focuses on community sharing
A community group based in and around Feilding is promoting greater community resilience through the permaculture ideas of Earth care, people care and fair sharing.
Transition Feilding have an active gardening group that has been busy working on a variety of food growing and sharing initiatives.
Its Sharing Garden is an ongoing community gardening project located at the corner of Feilding’s North St and Duke St.
On what was once a vacant lot, the group’s volunteers have used free or donated resources to create productive vegetable gardens for the community to come and harvest fresh food as needed.
Most of the work is accomplished during the regular monthly working bees held on the second Saturday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
There’s also a ’sharing table’ where produce from the garden, or the surpluses from people’s home gardens is shared on a ‘take what you need, leave what you don’t’ basis.
Due to the success of this sharing table, the group is looking at establishing other sharing points around Feilding so that every neighbourhood could have one within easy walking distance.
At the other end of Duke St, Transition Feilding volunteers have been working with the Manawatu Community Trust to plant productive gardens of edible or useful plants around the buildings at the new Feilding Health Care facility.
The plants have been donated by Greenhaus Nursery or purchased with funds raised at their community market stalls.
The most recent initiative sees the group joining forces with Feilding Public Library staff to start a seed library.
Based at the library, members are able to ‘borrow’ some seeds to grow, save and return to the library for others to use next season. The library is collecting seed donations and aims to have a range of seeds packaged and available for borrowers in November.
To find out more about any of these Transition Feilding projects, the Facebook page is a good place to look, or email email@example.com
Volunteers at Transition Feilding’s monthly Sharing Garden working bee.