Community Garden plots continue to be available to any community or whanau group who meet our simple criteria and are willing to work as a group in their garden plot on a weekly basis.
For many years, Wai-ora Trust had grown organic vegetables and sold these to the public through our onsite shop. We have also supplied numerous organic shops in the Christchurch area and also sold and sent produce throughout the South Island.
In 2008 we converted half of our produce gardens into Community Garden Plots, which were very popular with the community.
In 2012 and in the continued aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquakes, we decided to close our retail vegetable shop and convert the remaining gardens to Community Garden Plots.
This allowed us to offer additional plots to the community and make fresh vegetables affordable and accessible to a greater number of whanau, community and ethnic groups.
These plots continue to be available to any community or whanau group who meet our simple criteria and are willing to work as a group in their garden plot on a weekly basis.
All tools, irrigation, seeds and plants are available free of charge. Our Gardens Mentor and able volunteer staff work closely with each group to ensure every success in growing healthy vegetables throughout the year.
All of the vegetables which are grown, belong to the group who has grown them and can be utilised as they see fit (excluding for sale).
The "Community Garden plots" have proved very successful and have featured in many newspaper articles and in Tangata Pacifika on TV One.
Groups and whanau who have participated, have reported that they are now eating more vegetables, saving money on the groceries and also enjoying the physical activity required to tend their garden plots.
If you are interested in applying for a Community Garden Plot you can find an application form by clicking the link below.