Education |

By: Te Kaakano  06-Dec-2011

We want to see people actively involved in our community – and believe the Te Kaakano Community gardens provide an opportunity to inspire people to grow their own food. In doing this we also become more aware of environmental issues – and the needs in our surrounding community related to these.

Our aim is to:
  • Increase educational opportunities by providing hands-on practical outdoor activities and environmental work. Inspire more people to be practically involved and aware of environmental issues - in particular, tangata whenua and other property owners in the surrounding neighbourhood.

  • Stimulate young people, especially students, to engage in hands-on practical outdoor activities and environmental work, which will inspire them to continue in such work.

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Services |

Usually a small group gets stuck in doing basic tasks such as planting and weeding and we always enjoy a great morning tea together. This is an ideal time to bring children or come along for some time out for you. In season - this includes fruit grown on our very own fruit trees. Mornings at the gardens are fantastic.


Community Garden |

The community garden was established over 10 years ago and Desert Spring has been facilitating the running of the garden since 2007 in response to requests from local whanau who wanted to learn to grow their own vegetables and re-connect with the land. Building projects - a composting toilet is being built in spring and new compost bins are being planned… and a worm farm has just being completed.


Working Bees |

Monthly afternoon working bees attract a larger number of volunteers which helps us get some of the bigger jobs done such as building new garden beds, turning compost, potting on native seedlings for our native tree nursery and in the spring we will be building a brand new composting toilet –with funding recently received from Hamilton City Council.