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Inspiring Wellingtonians to grow more food through a demonstration garden, workshops and coordination
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Inspiring Wellingtonians To Grow More Food Through A Demonstration Garden, Workshops And Coordination
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Help us fill Wellington’s empty spaces, balconies and back gardens with colourful, fresh vegetables, herbs and other edible plants! We’re Growspace Wellington - a grass-roots enterprise with a love of nature, our beautiful city, and connecting diverse people.
We're driven by an important problem
Few of us these days understand where food comes from and how to grow it. And at a global level, our food systems are falling short of sustaining our health, our communities, or our planet. Growing food locally is something worth doing to help address this, not only healthy for you, but also climate friendly.
“Increasingly people want to live in a city where they can access and be involved in affordable, locally sourced, healthy food and have better connection to their food sources. “ Wellington City Council
Let's find the joy in growing food!
We’ve talked with all sorts of people in Wellington, and heard about the difficulties of growing food - like our challenging weather, lack of know how, not having enough time or a suitable space to grow. Sound familiar? Well, we can help!
We’re confident that with the right advice and careful design of gardening spaces you can have the success and joy of growing food.
A food garden in the city
We are creating a demonstration food garden at Sustainability Trust in Wellington city and plan to have this open in spring. The garden will demonstrate what sort of edibles can be grown in Wellington as well as the way that local materials – like plants, soil, living compost, and the wood used for the garden bed - come together sustainably.
We will run workshops with site-specific gardening advice addressing issues like planting for the weather, gardens for small spaces, plants that take less time to tend and all sorts of important ways you can grow successfully in Wellington.
We will also work to coordinate and help grow the local food movement in Wellington working with Sustainability Trust, Kaicycle, Hopper Home and Houghton Bay Farms to name a few.
We’re keen to work with a wide range of people such as home and community growers, students, and businesses; if you think this could be you, please get in touch!
We need your support!
Your pledges will fund the development of our food garden at Sustainability Trust. We’ve made a start and your contributions will help us complete the building plus install and maintain the garden. The money raised will also help run workshops designed to meet Wellingtonian's needs.
There is a motivated group of community housing gardeners we’ve started working with and funds will also help us support them with advice and delivery of materials to their site (check out our rewards for more on that).
We’re excited by the vibrant, emerging local food scene in Wellington. We’ll also be putting our time (and part of our coming website) to help connect this up further.
Please pledge, we’ve got great rewards, or reach out to us with your skills. We’re working with inspiring local partners and welcome more collaborators.
Thank you so much for your support.
Meet the GrowSpace Wellington team
Josie Sligo-Green, gardener and designer
Josie has been fascinated by nature as long as she can remember...this might have something to do with her mother going into labour with her in their home vege patch! Josie has an education in Landscape Architecture, Design and Permaculture and most importantly, 8 years of experience working as a professional gardener and designer in Wellington’s diverse ecosystem. She wants to share what she’s learned with you and continue to learn from you too.
Caroline Taylor, connector and community builder
Caroline loves food and connecting with people in Wellington’s local food movement. She’s passionate about all things sustainable and is inspired by imagining food growing everywhere in our beautiful city. Caroline has co-founded a small local community orchard, been a local coordinator with 350 Aotearoa and a volunteer with Kaibosh food rescue. She works as a facilitator for Reframe Aotearoa on the Wellington Conversations.
Katherine Silvester, researcher and organiser
Katherine is especially interested in the many health giving reasons for growing food, eating well, and spending time in a garden. Always curious, she can often be found in her garden, trying to grow something new or figuring out how to stop the rhubarb flying away in Wellington’s south coast weather. Katherine has a background in nutrition science and research and works as a principal adviser in strategy and policy roles in government.
Grateful thanks to Nadine, Tim and Nadine Photographers for the photography.
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Thanks for helping us grow!
02/09/2019 at 6:27 PM
Kia ora generous suporters,
A very sincere thanks from Team GrowSpace to all our family, friends and supporters who helped us reach and nudge past our target yesterday at the close of our PledgeMe campaign. It has been so encouraging to have your support and to know that a greener city is something you all care about too. For those of you who chose one of our rewards, we'll be in touch over the next week or two to confirm that and let you know the pick up or delivery details.
Coming up soon of course we will be setting up the food garden at Sustainability Trust and also running our first workshop, turning a lawn space into a no-dig garden. Hope to see you some of you at that workshop!
If you who want to keep in touch with our developments then we'd love to add you to our email list (just email us back and ask to sign up) or you can follow us through facebook or instagram - search for us @growfoodwelly.
Nga mihi nui,
Katherine, Caroline and Josie
Thanks and update from GrowSpace Wellington
04/08/2019 at 4:14 PM
Kia ora supporters, we're excited to let you know that we are now over half way to our target of $10,000! We've had such an awewsome response - thank you so much for helping to create a greener Wellington. We hope you've been out enjoying this most beautiful day, and remember there are lots of helping hands for your garden amongst the rewards on our site (like special Kaicycle compost, plants, and gardening consultancy). Feel free to share our link with family and friends http://pldg.me/growspace . Spring is coming!
Thanks Katherine, Caroline and Josie
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"Just thought I'd get you to your target. (If we could say the donor is Jasper Mudd that would be swell.) You'll do great things. Stu"
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"Well done guys! So impressed and excited for you <3"
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"Thank you Caroline, Josie, and Katherine for your great work! "
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"Good Luck with your great project!!"
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"Let's make Wellington a food growing capital!"
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"Go Wouzzie! x"