Waikato Branch AGM and tour of Grandview Community Garden, Hamilton
Saturday 23rd February – 10 am
Grandview Community Garden Trust principles are: Sustainability, Organic practices, Strong and resilient communities, Embracing diversity — Cultural and biological diversity and Fostering respectful and harmonious community relationships.
The garden was started on a weedy waste area in March 2012 and has grown to a membership of 65 gardeners from 13+ethnic groups.
The focus of this community garden is
- food gardening allotments (25 currently) and shared fruit trees for local people
- Weekly on site gardening support and mentoring by qualified gardeners
- Free training and workshops in organic gardening,
e.g. seed sowing, growing new plants from cuttings, composting, fruit tree planting and care. All training emphasizes thrifty, sustainable methods using materials which people can easily access.
A model for sustainability in water and other resource use: solar powered water harvesting project funded by HCC Envirofund means the garden is independent of mains water and actual water use is very low due to waterwise gardening education.
Surplus produce has been donated to three different food banks in west Hamilton.
Clare is a garden mentor and she will be hosting us on our visit. Bring your lunch for a picnic at the garden and if you would like to make yourself comfortable, bring a chair (it may also be needed for the AGM in the hall).
Any donations of plants to the garden would be welcome and appreciated!
A donation will be given to the Grandview Community Trust by the branch.