A community garden is a single piece of land gardened by a group of people.  The garden may consist of individual plots (sometimes called allotments) and/or areas that are gardened communally. 


Many WIC members are interested in participating in community gardens, or at least finding out more.  Such gardens provide an opportunity to share gardening knowledge and work in a sociable environment.  It often leads to sharing seeds, produce and recipes - made all the more exciting when so many different ethnicities with our traditional plants and cuisines are working together!

We are most likely to maintain involvement in a community garden if it is close to where we live.  There are a number of community gardens with membership open to the general public already in existence in Hamilton and many would welcome more members.  There are also a number of groups considering starting community gardens in the area. 

So that you can find out about the gardens already running that you may want to join and also to learn from their experiences, we are organising a Waikato Community Garden Network Meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 22 September in Frankton, Hamilton.  More details will follow - watch this discussion page... 

Some of the groups that joined WIC have their own land, and we are working one by one to help them develop their gardens. The first is in Tokoroa.

Most WIC members live in the Nawton area of Hamilton, where there is no existing community garden.  The Salvation Army in nearby Grandview (where some of our Grow Your Own Vegetables From Seed workshops were held) was thinking about starting a community garden when we approached them about their land: we are now looking to work together on a joint community garden project - watch this space!

Photo: Katherine Hay of the Waikato Environment Centre talking about community gardens at our first WIC meeting. (Jovi, HMS)

 

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Grandview Community Garden

When: Tomorrow! Thursday April 12 th,  from 10am to 12pm  

What: Come and start your very own garden plot, or join in a communal garden. Now is the  time to plant celery, spinach, pak choi, spring onions, cabbage, carrots, silverbeet, broccoli, parsley, peas and broad beans. We will demonstrate how to grow vegetables from seed, and help you get started.

Where: Enter through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd and walk across the grass. Look for the WIC sign

Wear: Shoes or boots, old clothes and a hat .

Bring: Seeds and tools if you have them, and a drink

We look forward to seeing you there

Clare and Tim  WIC Community Garden Mentors  ph 021 0387623   021 2243109

 

 

News From Grandview Community Garden:

The peas which were planted on Neighbours Day are up!

Grandview Community Garden

When: Saturday April 21st,  from 12.30pm to 2pm  

What: Come and start your very own garden plot, or join in a communal garden. Now is the  time to plant celery, spinach, pak choi, spring onions, cabbage, carrots, silverbeet, broccoli, parsley, peas and broad beans. We will show you how to grow vegetables  from seed, and help you get your garden started.

Where: Enter through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd and walk across the grass. Look for the WIC sign

Wear: Shoes or boots, old clothes and a hat .

Bring: Seeds and tools if you have them, and a drink

We look forward to seeing you there

Clare and Tim  WIC Community Garden Mentors  ph 021 0387623   021 2243109

 

Grandview Community Garden

When: Tuesday April 24th from 10.30am to 12pm  

What:  Join us in the communal garden or work on your own plot. We can show you how to grow vegetables from seed, and help you get your garden started. April is a good month for sowing celery, spinach, pak choi, spring onions, cabbage, carrots, silverbeet, broccoli, parsley and peas

Central News TV is coming to film a story about the Grandview Community Garden at 11am, so it will be great to have you there!

 

Where: Enter through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd and walk across the grass. Look for the WIC sign

Wear: Shoes or boots, old clothes and a hat .

Bring: Seeds and tools if you have them

Clare and Tim  WIC Community Garden Mentors  ph 021 0387623   021 2243109

 

 

First garden harvest
On Thursday at Grandview Community Garden we picked and ate our first tomato!
Served freshly sliced on rice crackers, it tasted delicious.
Thanks to The Plant Place, Alison St, Hamilton for donating the tomato plants!

Waikato Winter Show - The Grandview Community Garden shed

When: 27-29th of April

The Grandview Community Garden shed is being built over the 3 days of the Show by the Men’s Community Shed to raise fund for the Cancer Society.  All the work is to be done with hand tools!  

 You can join in: 

  1. Volunteer to help build the Grandview Community Garden shed through volunteering Waikato (ph 839 3191 or email through http://www.volunteeringwaikato.org.nz/), or contact Tim, tim@greenfootprint.co.nz or 021 2243109. Volunteers get a free pass for the day.
  2. Attend the show and come and see the shed being built. The Shed will also run some other activities.

 

Garden Art at Grandview Community Garden

A big thank you to members of the Children’s Art House Holiday Programme who painted this awesome storage bin for the garden!

 

Burmese gardeners at Grandview Community Garden

On april the 19th a group of gardeners from the Burmese community started  work on their new garden at Grandview Community Garden.

Gardens4Health Meeting in Auckland

 

We have two spare seats in the car going to the Gardens 4 Health community gardens network meeting on Wednesday May 9th at Langimalie Gardens, Jordan Park Reserve, 17a Cameron Street Onehunga, Auckland. The visit will include:

  • a tour of the Tongan Health Society garden
  • Margaret Jones from Mother of Organics speaking about ‘Growing food for 9 decades’ 
  • update what other community gardens are doing.  

The meeting is from 1pm - 3.30pm, travel time is extra. If you would like to go, please contact our Community Garden Mentor, Clare: ph 021-038-7623 or Kathryn.  It is free to attend.

Grandview Community Garden

When: Sunday April 29th from 2.30pm to 4pm  

What. We will be there to show you how and where to get your garden started. Autumn is a good season for growing celery, spinach, pak choi, spring onions, cabbage, carrots, silverbeet, broccoli, parsley and peas from seed.

Where: Look for the WIC sign opposite 183 Grandview Rd and walk across the grass.

Wear: Shoes or boots and old clothes

Bring: Seeds and tools, if you have them

Clare and Tim  WIC Community Garden Mentors  ph 021 0387623   021 2243109

 

 A Shed for Grandview Community Garden takes shape at Waikato Show, Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton

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