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.

Comment Wall


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Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 3:33pm


Some of you were not sure if your landlord would allow you to make a garden.  It pays to ask the landlord before you start digging up the lawn. However, if your landlord is Housing New Zealand, they welcome their tenants gardening - until recently they even ran a gardening competition! 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 2:41pm


Grafting fruit trees has several advantages, including that they fruit more quickly than trees grown from seed and that you can be sure of the variety of fruit that will result. 

The Waikato branch of the New Zealand Tree Crops Association is running a grafting workshop Monday 19 September 2011 at 7.30 pm in Hamilton.  In addition to learning a skill, you will get to take home two fruit trees that you have grafted yourself - apples and/or pears.  The workshop costs $5 for members, $10 for non-members.   

If properly cared for, a pear tree can live for over 100 years, so think carefully where you plant them.  You will need a fairly good sized back yard to allow the trees to be planted at least 2.5 m (8 ft) apart, or see if one of your neighbours would like one. 

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 2:18pm


Most of the seeds we got you planting in the workshops are suitable for seed saving, where you allow your best plant/fruit to fully mature and collect the seed for planting the following year for free! 

Some of the easiest plants to do this with are beans, tomatoes, garlic, peas and lettuces. 

You can save seed from brassicas (Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Colza, Hanover Salad, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Rutabaga, Turnip) but they may interbreed, although the results can sometimes be good, like the frilly kale below (yes, it is edible and beautiful)

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 1:55pm

Radio New Zealand's Simon Morton from the program This Way Up started a vegetable plot from scratch in his back yard garden in Wellington, and made a series of free podcasts about the process which you can listen to online or download at: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thiswayup/iplot/episod...   It includes several episodes about making compost, something we can all start doing. 

Tokoroa members started their compost heap yesterday with a donation of lawnclippings, mown dry leaves and chopped sticks from the local school caretaker - very resourceful!  :-)

Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 9, 2011 at 1:31pm
Broad beans are a cool season crop that take between 75-100 days from planting the seed to harvesting.   You can plant a few seeds every few weeks to ensure a longer harvest period: so as you saw at the Launch at the end of July, Clare's friends are already eating the broad beans they planted in Autumn, while the broad beans I have at home are flowering at the moment.
Comment by Teres Binoka on September 5, 2011 at 9:52am
The red broad bean plants look awesome and promising. How long more before we are able to see the first beans?
Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 5, 2011 at 9:33am
Hamilton Organic Gardeners (HOGs) have a monthly meeting in Fairfield.
Next meeting Sept 19th: Feeding the world organically
How might organic growing alleviate the food world crises? What does some of the latest research say? Come and join us for some interesting ideas and discussion, Monday 19th of September, 7.30pm, Te Whare o te Ata, 60a Sare Crescent Fairfield.
Gold coin entry to cover room hire costs. Please bring plants and produce to swap on the Donations Table. All welcome.
Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 2, 2011 at 5:53pm
Do you like our WIC group profile photo?  Remember the red broad bean seeds that were planted by representatives from the new migrant, refugee and Pacific communities at our project launch on the 29th July 2011?  The photo was taken one month later of the plants that have grown from the seeds.  
Comment by WIC Garden Project on September 2, 2011 at 2:53pm
Yes, Growing Your Own Veges from Seed is on 7th September, repeated on Saturday 17th Sept 1-3 pm for those who can't make it on a work day - enrolments are essential. If you click on the Discussion Forum heading for the workshop you will see more details :-)

Cheers, Kathryn

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