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

Project 2019-07-27 19:30:38 +1200

 

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 springThe 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

    Pledgers 85

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-18 00:12:08 +1200
    Kaya Ariana Edginton
    2019-08-17 21:25:16 +1200

    "Freaking awesome idea!!!! Can’t wait to be involved "

    simon terry
    2019-08-17 18:23:48 +1200

    "Go so well Josi - important to demonstrate all that can be done. Simon"

    Richard Norman
    2019-08-17 18:13:20 +1200
    Dani
    2019-08-17 17:16:05 +1200

    "Beautiful and inspiring project! "

    Caroline Arrowsmith
    2019-08-16 21:00:37 +1200
    Liz Riddiford
    2019-08-15 18:57:34 +1200

    "Fantastic plan / wish it every success"

    Ben Curran
    2019-08-14 20:21:56 +1200

    "Jose, I want the advice to go to Miranda please."

    Polly
    2019-08-14 18:19:23 +1200
    Sarah Bogle
    2019-08-12 08:17:18 +1200
    Lora
    2019-08-11 22:34:57 +1200

    "Go Josie! (and team!). Love your work x"

    Waste-ed
    2019-08-11 21:21:35 +1200

    "xxxxx"

    Richard
    2019-08-11 15:17:33 +1200

    "Best of luck! Such a great venture, come up and do one for Auckland."

    Keryn Squires
    2019-08-11 10:17:32 +1200

    "Great initiative for a resilient and sustainable community. Thanks."

    Tara Forde
    2019-08-10 14:12:34 +1200
    Sue Ryall
    2019-08-09 16:54:19 +1200
    Julie Anne Genter
    2019-08-09 10:27:31 +1200

    "Great initiative!!"

    Alex Sligo
    2019-08-09 09:14:32 +1200
    Doris Zuur
    2019-08-08 21:34:37 +1200

    "Wonderful initiative, wishing you the best"

    Bekki Young
    2019-08-08 13:46:54 +1200

    "Go guys! I can’t wait to watch you grow!!!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-07 20:07:21 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-07 20:03:43 +1200
    Bev Silvester-Clark
    2019-08-06 14:02:10 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-04 19:30:18 +1200

    "This one's actually from Elliot! A cutting above the rest (nice one)."

    Damian Sligo-Green
    2019-08-04 19:28:26 +1200

    "Grow you good things!"

    Brittany
    2019-08-04 18:15:13 +1200

    "Great work and initiative team!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2019-08-04 11:51:21 +1200
    CRAIG FENTON
    2019-08-04 01:51:57 +1200

    "Great project, good luck!"

    Sarah Booher
    2019-08-03 20:58:01 +1200

    "Amazing work team!! So excited to see our city flourishing with green growing spaces. Good luck!! xx"

    Owain John
    2019-08-03 11:54:09 +1200

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    Inspiring Wellingtonians To Grow More Food Through A Demonstration Garden, Workshops And Coordination

    Project 2019-07-27 19:30:38 +1200

     

    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 springThe 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.

    Comments

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    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

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-18 00:12:08 +1200
      Kaya Ariana Edginton
      2019-08-17 21:25:16 +1200

      "Freaking awesome idea!!!! Can’t wait to be involved "

      simon terry
      2019-08-17 18:23:48 +1200

      "Go so well Josi - important to demonstrate all that can be done. Simon"

      Richard Norman
      2019-08-17 18:13:20 +1200
      Dani
      2019-08-17 17:16:05 +1200

      "Beautiful and inspiring project! "

      Caroline Arrowsmith
      2019-08-16 21:00:37 +1200
      Liz Riddiford
      2019-08-15 18:57:34 +1200

      "Fantastic plan / wish it every success"

      Ben Curran
      2019-08-14 20:21:56 +1200

      "Jose, I want the advice to go to Miranda please."

      Polly
      2019-08-14 18:19:23 +1200
      Sarah Bogle
      2019-08-12 08:17:18 +1200
      Lora
      2019-08-11 22:34:57 +1200

      "Go Josie! (and team!). Love your work x"

      Waste-ed
      2019-08-11 21:21:35 +1200

      "xxxxx"

      Richard
      2019-08-11 15:17:33 +1200

      "Best of luck! Such a great venture, come up and do one for Auckland."

      Keryn Squires
      2019-08-11 10:17:32 +1200

      "Great initiative for a resilient and sustainable community. Thanks."

      Tara Forde
      2019-08-10 14:12:34 +1200
      Sue Ryall
      2019-08-09 16:54:19 +1200
      Julie Anne Genter
      2019-08-09 10:27:31 +1200

      "Great initiative!!"

      Alex Sligo
      2019-08-09 09:14:32 +1200
      Doris Zuur
      2019-08-08 21:34:37 +1200

      "Wonderful initiative, wishing you the best"

      Bekki Young
      2019-08-08 13:46:54 +1200

      "Go guys! I can’t wait to watch you grow!!!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-07 20:07:21 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-07 20:03:43 +1200
      Bev Silvester-Clark
      2019-08-06 14:02:10 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-04 19:30:18 +1200

      "This one's actually from Elliot! A cutting above the rest (nice one)."

      Damian Sligo-Green
      2019-08-04 19:28:26 +1200

      "Grow you good things!"

      Brittany
      2019-08-04 18:15:13 +1200

      "Great work and initiative team!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2019-08-04 11:51:21 +1200
      CRAIG FENTON
      2019-08-04 01:51:57 +1200

      "Great project, good luck!"

      Sarah Booher
      2019-08-03 20:58:01 +1200

      "Amazing work team!! So excited to see our city flourishing with green growing spaces. Good luck!! xx"

      Owain John
      2019-08-03 11:54:09 +1200

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