Saturday, 20 June 2009


By Jason Ross and Jackie Fanning

Initial moves are underway to start a Waitati Open Orchard initiative
in our community.

Open Orchards are fruit/nut trees and other edibles (e.g. herbs)
planted in public places for all the community to harvest. An Open
Orchard is not necessarily one space with many trees but can include
many spaces such as the roadside, banks, community areas and unused

There are a few things we would like your help with:

* What edible trees do you know of in Waitati's public spaces?
* Do you know of a public space near your home that might be suitable for
planting edible trees?
* Are there any other locations in the community you think may be suitable?

We are still in the initial stages but ideas for the bigger picture
include running a series of community workshops on all the stages of
tree care, from selecting the right trees for the location through to
soil preparation, planting, pruning, and harvesting. These are all
knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own properties.

Later on we will also be asking for community input on the type of
edible trees you would like in the Waitiati Open Orchard locations.

If you are interested in helping to progress this initiative or have
some suggestions for the above questions please email us at

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