WIC - Waikato International Community Gardening Project


WIC - Waikato International Community Gardening Project

Through WIC Waikato based new migrants, refugees and Pacific Island peoples can get healthy exercise and healthy food through  gardening.

Location: Waikato - Hamilton & Tokoroa
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Aug 6, 2018

WIC Intro

Kia Ora, Salaam, Mingalaba, Jom reab soor, Ni hau, Hola, Mbote, Kia Orana, Guten tag, As-Salaam-Alaikum, Ni sa bula, Kumusta,Namaste, Kam na Mauri,Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa lava, Halo Olketa, Welkom, Malo e lelei, Talofa ni, Mhoroi, Pryvet, Konnichiwa, Shuprobhat, Welcome!

The WIC project will be managed by K'aute Pasifika Services until Dec 2013, initially as a Waikato District Health Board Healthy Eating Healthy Activity initiative.  We use the WIC Oooby group to keep WIC members up to date with workshops, events and resources. 

We welcome you adding translations, comments, questions, photos and recipes! 

Anyone is welcome to subscribe to our weekly blog, the WIC Gardening Update, for information on local gardening and food related events coming up in the following fortnight, recipes, relevant health information, gardening tips and occasional reflections on food/gardening culture.


Contact: WIC - The Waikato International Community Gardening Project, K'aute Pasifika Services, Level 1, 960 Victoria St, PO Box 285 Hamilton 3200, New Zealand, Ph +64 (07)834-1482. http://www.kautepasifika.org.nz/wic-gardening-project



Discussion Forum

Growing 54 Replies

Here's the place to discuss how to grow fruit and vegetables, including how to improve the soil and the requirements of particular plants.

Tags: ammendments, compost, soil, vegetables, growing

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by Fungai Mhlanga Feb 13, 2014.

Community Gardening 125 Replies

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…Continue

Tags: WIC, Tokoroa, Hamilton, Gardens, Community

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by Clare Jackson Jun 20, 2013.

Training 48 Replies

Find out about gardening, cooking and related training - mostly in Hamilton & Tokoroa, Waikato, NZ - including workshops and demonstrations run by WIC. Over the coming months WIC is looking at…Continue

Tags: training, Hamilton, Tokoroa, WIC

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by WIC Garden Project Dec 21, 2012.

Eating! 91 Replies

So you've grown broccoli, but how do you eat it?  Here's the place to:ask how to prepare your produce using healthy recipesshare your healthy recipes or ask how a traditional recipe might be made…Continue

Tags: storage, foraging, recipes, preserving, health

Started by WIC Garden Project. Last reply by WIC Garden Project Dec 20, 2012.

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Comment by WIC Garden Project on February 15, 2012 at 9:16pm

HOGs (Hamilton Organic Gardeners) next meeting:

Top crops and flop crops

This Monday 20th February 2012, 7.30pm, at Te Whare o te Ata, 60a Sare Crescent Fairfield.

Includes a seed and plant swap.  There will be fish fertiliser for sale.

 All welcome. Gold coin entry to cover room hire costs.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on February 14, 2012 at 8:33pm

Free Introductory Rural Skills Training

If you know of a 16 or 17 year old who is enjoying spending time outdoors, Agriculture New Zealand are taking applications from for a free one-year full-time course learning basic rural skills.  Students need to be NZ residents or citizens.  There are good job prospects for their graduates, especially in the dairy industry.  For more information ring 0800 475 455 or go to www.agnz.co.nz

Comment by WIC Garden Project on January 23, 2012 at 10:35am
Tonight's WIC picnic and Hamilton Gardens tour are go!

We've got beautiful weather for it : hope to see you there.

I will be bringing some of the herb stevia for people to taste - a zero calorie alternative to sugar.
Comment by Roxy Hart on January 13, 2012 at 4:08pm

Wow, this is an awesome garden Kathryn. Please tell Stephanie that shes done a wonderful and inspiring job!

Comment by Fungai Mhlanga on January 12, 2012 at 6:23pm

Wow, this low cost garden by Stephanie is awesome. Its amazing how ordinary material most people would throw away can be used to produce food for a family. This is really a self sustaining garden.


Comment by WIC Garden Project on January 12, 2012 at 12:19pm

Stephanie's Garden

Stephanie, a Taiwanese migrant now living just outside of Hamilton has sent through some photos of her garden. 

Her broad beans (left) are ready to pick.  They are a very useful bean, as they can be grown through winter. The young growing tips of the plant can be eaten, eg in stir fries. The tender small seed heads can be eaten pod and all.  As the pods get bigger the pods get tough, so just eat the bean seeds inside, usually cooked.  The broad bean seeds can also be dried or frozen for use in winter. 

Stephanie's broad beans are supported by bamboo poles.  Bamboo grows easily here: if you plant some ask for a clumping variety so that it doesn't overwhelm your garden.  (You can often get bamboo for free from people growing the more rampant varieties!)

Stephanie has recycled branches from her trees to make edges for raised beds. She has also used smaller bits as a mulch on top of the soil. 

In some countries they also recycle branches by burying them a foot or so down below the garden surface, where they absorb water that deep rooted plants can use in dry periods.

The tyres can also be used as raised beds - popular for growing potatoes.  You can get tyres for free. Tyres are no longer made from rubber, but a kind of plastic.  Some gardeners will not use them for food gardening as they are concerned about chemicals in the tyres getting into the soil and from there into our food. 

In the raised bed Stephanie's growing orange flowered summer beans - they look like runner beans, a very popular variety.  The green beans are cooked and eaten pod and all when young.  Like broad beans the pods get tough as they get larger, so if they're big shell the bean seeds and put the pods in the compost.  I particularly like them cooked whole when young with carrots - the flavours work really well together.  You can further jazz this up by cooking with a little garlic and just before service squeeze a some lemon or orange juice over and some finely chopped parsley. Yum! 

The beans also freeze well, or you can cook them up with tomato etc and bottle them to put in winter stews.

Also in Stephanie's raised bed are taro.  Taro is widely grown around the world and possibly originated in South East Asia.  (Stephanie has a wonderful recipe for taro cake which we'll publish at some stage!) In Taiwan they use the whole plant - leaves, stems and tubers.  I don't know of anyone growing good sized tubers in New Zealand, our summers are not hot enough long enough.  Most of the taro grown here is for the leaves. 

Stephanie has chickens!  They are not only pretty and provide eggs, but they can be hard workers in your garden - they will happily eat your pest bugs like snails, for example.

Thanks for sharing your photos with us Stephanie :-)

Comment by WIC Garden Project on January 11, 2012 at 2:02pm

WIC Picnic

There is more information about the WIC picnic (and the Hamilton Gardens Productive Garden Tour) on the 'Training open to WIC members' discussion page.   

Comment by WIC Garden Project on December 22, 2011 at 9:54pm

WIC Picnic

One of the ways of learning about what will grow in a particular climate at a particular time of year is to look at what other people are growing.  We are fortunate to have three food growing gardens in Hamilton Gardens which are open to the public all year round for free. 

We are planning a guided tour for WIC members of the 'Productive Collection' on 23 January 2012, followed by a WIC picnic in the Rhododendron Lawn. 

There will be more information with your next newsletter. 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on December 22, 2011 at 8:29pm

WIC office closed for the summer break

K'aute Pasifika Services have closed for the summer break, reopening on January 16.   The free medical clinic closes on December 24 and reopens on January 5.

Believe it or not, summer is usually our driest time of year(!)  So if you are going away on holiday, you may need to arrange for someone to water your garden for you. 

The K'aute Pasifika Services staff wish you all a very happy holiday season - we hope you have some relaxing time enjoying your garden.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on November 25, 2011 at 11:06am
Clare, the tutor who took the back yard garden design course, has identified the ‘sour leaf’ plant as Hibiscus Cannabinus, sometimes called Rosella, there is a description and photograph here: http://www.clarku.edu/departments/biology/biol110/brendan/practical... (I am surprised the redness of the stems is not mentioned).

“Kenaf is often recommended for tropical and subtropical climates, with no night temperatures below 18.3°C ... It thrives best with temperatures of 15–27°C during the growing season. The plant is frost sensitive and damaged by heavy rains with strong winds.” http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/hibiscus_cannabinus.... The bad news is that the climate in Hamilton is temperate – cooler than sub-tropical: even at our hottest time of year our average minimum temperature is 12.7°C, and we average 64 frosts a year (see the climate discussion here on our Ooooby group). It is very unlikely that you would be able to grow the plant outdoors here: you would need a greenhouse, probably even a heated one, for good results. It would probably be cheaper to keep buying the shoots from your green grocer – they import them from Fiji where it is much warmer.
Has anyone else here in NZ tried to grow it?

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