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Epping Neighbourhood Community Garden
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Contact:

Wendy Clare
09 838 7113
pts@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Summary

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.

Goals

Guiding Principles

• 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

Outcomes

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
http://picasaweb.google.com/tasharupsha/EPPING?authkey=Gv1sRgCLXco6Xik9LDTg&feat=email#

http://picasaweb.google.com/tasharupsha/EppiingGardenChildrenPainting#

Future Plans

Year 1:
• 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.

Year 2:
• 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.

Year 3:

• 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.