Sunday, 22 November 2009

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS (column)

WAITATI EDIBLE GARDENERS

By Lynnaire Johnston

Waitati's edible gardeners have been extremely busy of late. We have
been involved with the global climate change "350" effort, working on
the community gardens and open orchard initiatives, plus planning for
the upcoming harvest markets and the edible garden tour.

350

For such a small town, Waitati punched above its weight at the Spring
Food Festival in late October. The WEGies, WEP and Warrington School
all had stands at the festival to support the international day of
climate change action. Lucy Jack worked hard and enthusiastically,
promoting the WEGies and successfully encouraging people to both
donate and join, while the Village Potager sold Waitati-made preserves
and plants. Many local Waitatians also dropped by to lend their
support.

Community gardens

In recent weeks, Derek Onley has been busy with other WEGies planting
pumpkins and potatoes in the WEGies' hillside plot. A bumper harvest
is expected provided the weather cooperates over the next few months.

Edible garden tour

There has been a date change for the planned Purakaunui Edible Garden
Tour next month. It will now be held on Saturday January 23, with a
rain date of Sunday the 24th. The all-day event will take in
Purakaunui's finest food-producing gardens with the aim of promoting
learning, inspiration and self-sustainability. The tour includes the
now-famous Amazing Lunch made from locally produced food. There are
limited tickets available, $15 for non-WEGies, $12 for WEGies. To
book, call Lucy Jack on 482 1773.

Harvest markets

Three harvest markets are planned for 2010 – February 21, March 21 and
April 18. These will be held at the Old Waitati Stores in Harvey St,
and will offer a plethora of locally produced items including
vegetables and fruit, honey, preserves, plants and anything else that
fits the "local" criteria that someone wishes to contribute. For more
information contact Rayna on 482 2504.

New members

The WEGgies are always keen to extend their network so new members are
welcome. We work to promote local food sources by providing learning
opportunities, initiating such projects as community gardens and open
orchards, and the growing and harvesting of local food. Life
membership costs just $5. To become a Friend of the WEGies and receive
emails about upcoming events email lynnaire@wordwizard.co.nz.

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