Group fo­cuses on com­mu­nity shar­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - VANESSA WITT, TRAN­SI­TION FEILD­ING

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 info@tran­si­tion­feild­ing.org.nz

Vol­un­teers at Tran­si­tion Feild­ing’s monthly Shar­ing Gar­den work­ing bee.

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