Sharing a passion for fresh produce
A sprightly 84-year-old woman who loves kombucha has started a produce-sharing group.
June Bright was inspired to start Crop Swap Te Awamutu after reading in the Waipa Post that Cambridge had started one. The group is a branch of Crop Swap Aotearoa, which started in New Plymouth in 2014 and has since spread all around the world.
Crop Swap brings together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers keen to swap high-quality local food on a regular basis. June held the first meeting at Downes St community centre Mahuika House in May and it was a success. People swapped fruit, vegetables, nuts, plants, baking, preserves, worm farm liquid and kombucha.
“I was so chuffed people showed up that I forgot to take everyone’s details,” June says. “Fingers crossed they see this article and remember to come again.” The group meets at Mahuika House on the third Sunday of the month at 2pm.
“It’s a wonderful way to meet others and swap produce and ideas,” June says. “Some people don’t have a garden — so it means they have access to locally-grown fruit and vegetables.”
June says this month’s meet-up was also be a good chance to celebrate Matariki, the Ma¯ ori New Year. Matariki signals a time for giving thanks to the land, sea and sky. Crop Swap Te Awamutu meets at Mahuika House, 114 Downes St at 2pm. Next meeting in July.
■ For more information contact June on 871 7072.
Te Awamutu woman June Bright has started a produce-swapping group called Crop Swap Te Awamutu.