Sharing home garden abundance
Autumn is the time of year when local gardens are often overflowing with produce.
With enough time and space in the freezer or pantry, the surplus can be preserved and stored to eat later in the year.
But what if you can’t keep up with putting aside your garden’s abundance?
While it is not exactly wasteful to feed it to the chickens or let the worms return its goodness to the soil, it is a pity to see good food not going to feed people who would appreciate it.
A simple solution to this problem is to share it. In Feilding, a Sharing Table is located at the Sharing Garden on the corner of North and Duke St. The idea is simple - give what you can and take what you need.
At this time of the year there is usually a steady flow of fruits and vegetables coming and going, as those with more than they can use leave their surplus for others to take home.
As well as food, plants and other gardening items have also been shared.
The Sharing Table was built from inexpensive, reused materials and only takes a bit of time for a volunteer to make sure it stays tidy.
Sometimes a large donation of produce will be broken down into smaller quantities to make it easier for people to take a fair share.
While Transition Feilding’s Sharing Table is located at the community garden, there is no reason why people couldn’t set one up at the front fence of their own home.
This was done recently in Taihape. The ‘Share A Little’ table was an instant success.
Those interested in starting a Sharing Table and would like some help, should email Transi- tion Feilding at email@example.com.
Transition Feilding is made up of people from town and country who co-operate to create a more resilient community.
The worldwide Transition movement is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share. For more information visit transitionfeilding.org.nz, or find them on Facebook.
Transition Feilding’s Sharing Table at the Sharing Garden on the corner of North and Duke St.