Seize the Season: Grow Food Aotea's Timely Workshops on Pre-Winter Planting

Seize the Season: Winter Vegetable Gardening Workshops On the Way

With the chill of winter on the horizon Grow Food Aotea is launching a series of workshops aimed at helping the community plant their vegetable gardens in time for a hearty harvest. The sessions will equip islanders with the skills to create and sustain gardens, irrespective of space constraints or challenging weather.

The initiative kicks off with a workshop on Instant Gardens focusing on straw bales, raised beds, and container gardening. Scheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Anamata, this session promises to be a skill-sharing bonanza. Local experts Patty O Shea, Sue Daly, and Caity Endt will guide participants through the nuances of setting up a garden that can withstand the island’s unique climate.

“For those concerned about the rising cost of food or battling poor soil conditions, these alternative gardening methods could be a game-changer,” says Caity Endt, one of the workshop facilitators. “We’re looking at everything from straw bale gardens to hugelkultur beds and even repurposing old containers. It’s about making gardening accessible to everyone.”

The following weekend, March 23, Caity Endt will conduct a full-day workshop titled ‘Roots and Shoots in the Autumn Garden’. From 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Okiwi Passion, attendees will delve deeper into planting a robust autumn/winter garden. The comprehensive session will cover the direct sowing of carrots, parsnips, and beetroot, among others, and will offer insights into growing sprouts and other winter staples.

Both workshops will underscore the importance of community resilience and food security. Participants will leave not just with practical knowledge but also with seedlings and seeds to kickstart their gardening endeavors.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

The cost for each workshop is $20, payable on the day, with bookings being essential due to limited spots. The workshops are brought to the community by AoteaOra Trust and funded by the Local Board, as part of their commitment to fostering sustainable practices on the island.

For bookings and inquiries, contact Caity Endt at info@okiwipassion.co.nz or call or text 021 212 7153.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)
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