Epping Neighbourhood Community Garden
The purpose of a group of interested residents to establish and manage an organic garden to function as an example and learning centre for sustainable living and supply food to members and neighbours.
• To manage the garden in an environmentally and socially responsible manner using organic gardening methods .
• Maintain the ecological integrity of stream bank restoration work.
• To establish a neighbourhood garden ie local residents take priority as members and holders of individual/group plots.
• Keep the neighbourhood informed of plans and developments in the park by displaying information on notice board at the entrance to the park.
• Maintain a welcoming space for the wider public – designated gardens with signs inviting public participation and harvesting,.
• To provide a living classroom for community workshops
The project is only in its early stages with our first 4 beds being built over 2 successive weekends November 7 & 11 2009 following a series of flyer drop communications to the the neighbourhood and 2 on site planning sessions.
We are in the process of getting the 10,000 litre water tank on site and hooked up to a neighbouring house's roof. It will include a solar pump. we will update our progress on to the Bank of Living Models as they unfold.
check out these photo banks recording some of our progress
• Establish vegetable beds over early summer autumn.
• Install water harvesting systems.
• Start first planting of food forest in Autumn
• Construction of tool/garden shed (container) and shelter structure.
• Refine management /decision making structures.
• Form proactive funding sub-committee.
• In collaboration with other Community Gardens in Waitakere hold practical workshops on site for the wider food growing community.
• Hold cultural celebrations eg continue with Art of living Group’s summer full moon meditations on stream bank, Matariki, solstice etc.
• Create/develop living classroom.
• Start planning our community/commercial kitchen.
• Instigate food co-op and other food security measures.
• Build out door cob oven for cooking shared meals and cooking demonstrations.
• Keep improving our garden, diversity of crops, building up soil fertility.
• Extend our connection and collaboration with the wider community – eg workshops, invitation to workshops etc. working with neighbouring schools.
• Create seed propogation spaces.
• Develop food distribution systems to share our surplus produce – eg small, local farmers market.
• Construction of commercial kitchen, use it for
• Develop plans for a living playground for children
• Continue refining and expanding garden themes eg cultural gardens.
• Develop concept plans for a small organic café.