Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Community garden working bees this weekend

St. Columba Grey Lynn Community Garden Day,with Urban Sustainability Group !!
Sunday June 17th 2007, 10.00 a.m (bring pot-luck for a shared lunch after.), (inside St. Columba, 94 Surrey Crescent Grey Lynn)

This Sunday the Urban Sustainability Group will join the members of the Columba Grey Lynn Community Garden for a little tour to see some of its design features, and join the Grey Lynn-ers for a working bee to help prepare the garden for Winter Solstice, enjoy the community feeling! Afterwards we will all share a pot luck .

Even if the weather's wet, we can just sit in the clubhouse and chat, have a social time, do some networking, exchange ideas/visions/recipes, and look at map/s of permaculture designs/information etc (we have a small permaculture info library!)

Directions: 94 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, inside St Columba Church grounds. Enter the church grounds and go towards the far right-hand side at the back by the minister's garage; you will see water tanks with a mural, clubhouse, and the vege gardens!! (it's not the flower part with the labyrinth.)

The Urban Sustainability group is a group of permaculture-minded people. We have been having a tour and working bee at different gardens every 2 wks, to share practical hands-on knowledge and experience etc about urban sustainability, permaculture, gardening, growing food in the city, and community-buiding! (More activities may also evolve in various areas as people develop them!)

For more information about the Urban Sustainability Group: John Darroch jdarroch@gmail.com 021 111 3210 or (09) 275-3752

For more information about Columba Grey Lynn Community Gardens, Living Communities Trust or Kai Tika: Andrea Higginson 631-2520 John Oosterman 360-4327 Adrian Roche 360-4327 Karla Brodie 817-3051

Background about St. Columba Grey Lynn Community Gardens / Living Communities Trust / Kai Tika

In the mid 1990s, a group of visionary youth organised a beautiful community gardens at Basque Park, and formed a trust called the Living Communities Trust. The gardens were flourishing and abundant for a number of years -- unfortunately the council decided to discontinue allowing the use of the space. After many months of searching for a venue to move to, Hugh and Ree of the Saint Columba Church very kindly and generously came up with the idea of donating the current space, which was formerly the Minister's back lawn!

The gardeners designed the garden layout, in a koru / spiral shape, with a gathering/picnic spot in the centre of the spiral. With working bees, the lawn was transformed into garden beds and initially planted in green crops such as lupins and mustard to build up the soil fertility. The paths were dug to a depth of around 60 centimetres and filled with wood chips as a natural composting feature which maximises the use of space. In 2006 the main focus became community, with people having their own garden patches and also communal patches. The members share picnics, friendship, and veges!

Other garden features include water tanks to collect roof-runoff from the Columba Community Hall; four worm farms, fruit trees, a specially built tool shed which doubles as a seed-raising area, and a specially built clubhouse. Almost everything was made from recycled items, second-hand, reclaimed or donated.

The Columba Grey Lynn Community Gardens are a project of the Living Communities Trust, which also organises seasonal community celebrations. The next celebration will be for Winter Solstice Party, Saturday 23rd June at 6.00 p.m. in the Saint Columba Hall, you are all invited -door cost $15, discount for unwaged; there will be a karakia and a ritual followed by live music/bands and dancing (hot tea and a supper will be provided.)

Kai Tika Food Coop is another project of the Living Communities Trust. Kai Tika can provide many of the food needs of its members, who pay a small membership fee for joining. Kai Tika food co-op is a voluntary organisation which buys, sells and exchanges bulk local food products at discount prices, sourced from local farmers wherever possible; members can be individuals, families or flats and can get many of their food needs cheaply in this way.

And another

Last night, we held the inaugural Kingsland Gardens Forever committee meeting. A committed group of really warm, loving and good looking people attended, and big steps were made.

KGF (Kingsland Gardens Forever) are meeting at Kingsland Gardens, on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. There is a free Comfrey root for all who attend, your fruit trees will appreciate it!

SO, if you can’t hang with the Grey Lynn Massive in the morning, or if you feel like saving the lovely Kingsland Gardens, then the rollout is:

Where: Kinglsand Gardens, Corner of Bond St and New North Road Kingsland (see map)…right next to Church as you walk down towards motorway.
Time: 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 17th June
What to bring: Spade, fork, seedlings, big smile, two litre bottles to hide our little babies from our slug farm.
Why: Because if we don’t, the council will pave this area and make it a carpark for SUVs. . .
Who: Pam and Rob will be there knee deep, sweating hardout. Your presence will be rewarded with big KGF love
What can you take away: Spring onions and potatoes and apples and artichokes and avocados and mangicopulus genitopamus and the knowledge that you made a difference, and met some très cool dudes,

So come along, even for half an hour to have a nosey, its gonna go off!

If you can’t come, or get lost, or would just like to send messages of support and dig energy, please feel free to call or txt moi on 021 68 68 54.

I already have advance apologies from Paris Hilton who said, although she would love to muck in at KGF, she is not allowed to be near a spade for 45 days.

No worries Paris, thanks for the support.

See you all on Sunday. . .

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Am keen on getting involved in helping with the Kingsland community garden. Just wondered when you next meet? - is it every Sunday avo?