Shar­ing a pas­sion for fresh pro­duce

Waikato News - - NEWS - Bethany Rol­ston

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.

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