WIC - Waikato International Community Gardening Project

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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: 23
Latest Activity: Nov 4

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.

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 December 20, 2012 at 9:26am

Event today: It's My (kids) Turn To Cook Tonight...

It's My Turn To Cook Bosch School Holiday Program - has a fun, FREE one-day online cooking program on 20th December. No matter where you live, as long as you have the internet, they'll inspire YOUR kids in YOUR home using YOUR food!

All details at www.ItsMyTurnToCookTonight.com


Comment by WIC Garden Project on December 19, 2012 at 10:11am

Free Swan Plants for Children

The Waikato Environment Centre currently has swan plants to give to anyone visiting the Centre.

Grow a couple of these in your garden where children can closely observe the whole Monarch butterfly life cycle from egg to adult!

Remember also that they have various other products at the Centre which will make useful Christmas gifts, such as worm bins, Bokashi buckets and product, gardening books and locally produced honey.

The Waikato Environment Centre closes this Friday - 21 December 2012
and reopens 7 January 2013.

The Centre is open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, on Level One, 25 Ward Street, Hamilton, 07 839 4452.

Photos: Swan plants at the Bright Smile Community Garden in Thames.  Top: striped caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly eating the plant.

Middle: A caterpillar starting to make a chrysalis.

Bottom: The finished chrysalis, where the butterfly will develop.  It will eventually turn black, before the butterfly comes out.  A wonderful thing to see!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on December 18, 2012 at 12:00pm

Hamilton TimeBank

If you want to join the Hamilton Timebank or find out more, they are running their last two orientation sessions of the year on Wed 19 December.  See their web site for details: http://hamilton.timebanks.org/page/upcoming-orientations

Comment by WIC Garden Project on November 2, 2012 at 9:24am

FREE COOKING CLASS TOMORROW


Hello friends...
This Saturday (03/11/12) we are going to learn how to make fried wonton and soup wonton from 10 am to 12 pm at Migrant Resource Centre, Boundary Road, Claudelands, Hamilton.
You and your family are most welcome to learn how to make yummy wontons.
Hope you will enjoy that.

Banafsheh Ahmadi - Waikato Ethnic Family Services

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 19, 2012 at 1:56pm

Free Cooking Class tomorrow 

We are going to learn how to make Chinese dumplings.

You and your family are most welcome to learn how to make yummy  and healthy dumplings.

Hope you will enjoy that! 

Saturday 20th October from 10 am to 12 pm at the Migrant Resource Centre, Boundary Road, Hamilton.

No bookings required.

Banafsheh Ahmadi
Service Manager

NZ Ethnic Social Services Waikato
(07) 839 4688
 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 12, 2012 at 3:45pm

Charitable Trusts and the roles of Trustees

Many of us are involved in community groups, such as the Grandview Community Garden, and may find it useful to learn about Charitable Trusts and the roles of Trustees.

The Hamilton Permaculture Trust will be holding their AGM on Thursday 1 November, 5:45pm in the Environment Centre, 25 Ward Street.  They would welcome nominations for new Trustees.

At the meeting, Jane Stevens from Community Waikato will talk about Charitable Trusts and the roles & responsibilities of Trustees.

Learn how a trust can benefit from your support and of the benefits you can receive from being a Trustee.

Nibbles and hot drinks will be provided.  All welcome.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on October 5, 2012 at 8:31am

We are delighted to inform you that Waikato Ethnic Family Services are going to organize another session of cooking classes on 6th october 2012 Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm at Migrant Resource Centre, Hamilton.

You and your family are most welcome to learn how to make yummy banana cake and fall vagetable curry.

Hope you will enjoy that.

 

Banafsheh Ahmadi
Service Manager

NZ Ethnic Social Services Waikato
(07) 839 4688

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 20, 2012 at 12:04pm

Hamilton Gardens this Saturday

Everyone is welcome to go to the Hispanic Spring Festival (Festival de la Primavera) This Saturday 22nd September at the Pavilion in Hamilton Gardens.

While you are there, get inspired by seeing what they have growing at the Sustainable back yard garden, herb garden and walled kitchen garden at this time of year.

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Here is some more information about the Hispanic Spring Festival from Grupo Hispano-Latino:


We are opening this event with our traditional flag parade
commencing at 1:45pm at the Jardin Hispanico (Turtle Lake)

This is an opportunity for Spanish speaking people living in Hamilton to get together and celebrate the arrival of spring.
We will have fabulous performances like: flamenco, tango, cumbia, samba, cueca and much more….
There will be exquisite food stalls offering: Tamales colombianos, empanadas, pasteles de yucca, Uruguayan pastries, Chorizos de Chile, etc.
And of course a great opportunity to buy craft items originated from South America.
To finish up the festival we will have dancing music from 4pm – 6pm for parents, children, etc who would like to join us on the dancing floor.

Hasta la vista!

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 7, 2012 at 11:27am

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH

The metservice is monitoring a strong northwest air-flow that may cause severe gale gusts over the Waikato during Saturday.

Gales are strong winds (62 km per hour/34 knots or more) that make walking difficult, can push over tall plants and break twigs off trees.  So if you have been putting off securely staking tall plants and young fruit trees, get out there and do it! 

The weather warning will be reviewed at 9 pm tonight. 

Tip: if you look on the Metservice page for Hamilton, Severe Weather Warnings are on the top right in the orange box.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 5, 2012 at 10:09am

FREE Healthy Living Cooking Sessions
Day Fridays
Time 10am to 12pm
Dates Starting 14 Sept to 2 Nov
Venue Crawshaw School in Multi Purpose Room
To register contact Ioana on 849 5170 or 021 359878 or leave your name and number at school reception

week 1: recipes using basic cooking methods

week 2: meal starter ideas from basic ingredients

week 3: stretching budget

week 4: 'Fast Food' to make at home

week 5: healthy mince, sausages and boil ups

week 6: what to do with seasonal vegetables and fruit

week 7: healthy lunches

week 8: healthy snacks and desserts.


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