NEV COMMUNITY GARDEN
Situated behind North East Valley (NEV) Normal School, on the location of the old headmasters house, you'll find NEV Community Garden.
Jenny Roxborogh, the garden supervisor, tells me that garden has been operating for almost five years and is part of the North East Valley Project - a community lead initiative aiming to raise awareness of the NEV offering, build community ties and promote the well-being of local families and whanau.
It's built on community spirit and volunteers are at the heart of the operation, Jenny explains. Working Bees take place every weekend, year round, and everyone is welcome. There are normally 8-25 people attending and those who contribute reap the rewards of the harvest - which sounds like every week! Morning and afternoon teas are an important part of the experience, she mentions, with the time used for group learning.
I discovered that most of the things in the garden have been donated by the local community - wood chips, carpet for paths, iron for planter boxes, gardening tools, the glass house and sheds, horse manure, drainage coils and more.
Walking around the plot, I could see just about every vegetable you'd expect in a summer growing season, plus more. Beautiful asparagus was cropping, leafy greens were abundant, tomatoes were starting to fruit in the glasshouse, runner beans were knee high, celery was being planted, sweetcorn were gaining height, would you like me to go on?
For those wanting to get involved, there is a timetable located at the garden outlining tasks that need completing, and when a working bee will take place to get them done.
Alternatively, keep in the loop through the Valley Voice, sign up to their newsletter or contact Jenny direct:
If you're not in the NEV area but interested in getting involved with a community garden check out this map for the closest one to you.
Post submitted by Josh Jenkins