28. E Kai Community Gardens

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Your Hosts: Malcolm and Jill Pease

Address: 85 Bridge Sreet, Eltham

Property Size: 600 m2

Purchases Available: Plants and veggies

Opening Hours:

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Mon 29 Oct, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sat 3 Nov, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 1 pm - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

E Kai is a community cooperative that began in 2013 with the aim of supplying fresh vegetables to the Eltham/Kaponga Foodbank. Run by Eltham Community Care, a group of enthusiastic locals tend the gardens and deliver food parcels to the Foodbank each Wednesday, with any surplus being distributed to local elderly.

 

The gardens have 8 raised Biointensive garden beds, 2 lasagne beds, an experimental food forest under native trees, a greenhouse, compost, a worm farm and rainwater storage systems off the neighboring roof. E Kai fosters involvement from the local Kohanga Reo and Kindergarten to share food growing experiences with children. 

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29. Shamjo Gardens

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Your Hosts: Amanda Kendrick

Address: 33 Tayler Street, Eltham

Property Size: ¼ acre 

Purchases Available: Herbs

Opening Hours:

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Tues 30 Oct, 11 am - 2 pm
  • Fri 2 Nov, 10 am - 4 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Talk: Companion Planting, 28 Oct & 2 Nov, 11 am & 1 pm
  • Demonstration: Making Smudge Sticks, 30 Oct, 12:30 pm
  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

Shamjo Gardens is an urban farming venture in Eltham. In 2016 Amanda turned the lawn of their quarter acre section into garden beds, focusing on producing fresh cut and potted herbs to Hokoloko (an online farmers market) and local markets. She also makes smudge sticks out of surplus herbs, sells potted herbs to a local garden center, and produces veggies for market in summer. 

 

Amanda uses the principles of allelopathy and companion planting to replace the use of herbicides and pesticides on her property. She grows her own composting materials, such as comfrey, tansy, yarrow and lupin, and uses chickens and worm farms to make compost and vermicasts. Rain water is collected for the garden and recycled materials used wherever possible. 

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30. Goldbush Micro Farm

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Your Host: Michelle and Jarrod Busby

Address: 278 Austin Road, Hawera

Property Size: 3.8 acres

Purchases Available: Plants and veggies

Opening Hours:

  • Sun 28 Oct, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Tue 30 Oct, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Wed 31 Oct, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Sun 4 Nov, 10 am - 3 pm

Tours, Talks & Demonstrations:

  • Tours: No set tour times, informal tours available throughout days open

Property Description:

Whilst still a young property, Michelle and Jarrod’s mission at Goldbush Micro Farm is to provide farm to table food and knowledge to their local community. They are currently setting up a market garden based on the bio-intensive gardening style of growing, with the aim of supplying local markets with nutrient dense food from this growing season onwards. 

 

Built in 2016, their off-grid solar powered home has a Homestar rating of 8 and includes a wormorator system for the house wastewater. They also have a budding food forest, citrus orchard and their house garden includes hügelkultur, Square Foot style gardens and raised beds.

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