Category Archives: Urban Gardens

A long standing community garden in Tauranga that supplies a local food bank is going to be billed $314 pa for occupation of council land

BayfairCommunityGarden at Facebook

“We have had a bit of a shock this week with a demand from the Tauranga City Council that we pay an annual fee of $314.00 for occupation of their land. We have cultivated a garden on the Hillier fenceline for 18 years, 6 years before that on Hillier Centre land, which was sold to expand their organisation. All of us are volunteers from the nearby community with the sole aim of supplying the Tauranga Food Bank each Tuesday with a variety of fresh vegetables. Last year we sent them 539 banana boxes of vegetables.
We are a not for profit and unfunded group but small donations and generous businesses keep us going.
Most of us are retired and this morning I worked out our average age at 75!
With housing so difficult for struggling local families we know we are contributing in a very practical way.
We, along with all others we have spoken to, are appalled that our council wants to charge this totally unfair fee.
We do not have the resources to meet the council’s demands.

“The will to live life differently can start in some of the most unusual places….”

“The will to live life differently can start in some of the most unusual places….”


From Pam Warhust in Todmorden. Here is one of the most amazing videos (13 mins) you’ll ever see if you have a love for transformation (and gardening). Like those TV programs featuring transformation of your home, your garden … anywhere … this ‘experiment’ can revolutionize the whole way townsfolk view gardening and its purpose in their surroundings. Representatives from the Todmorden project were invited to speak in Christchurch following the big 2011 earthquake to inspire their rebuild. Their system if you like, has spread around the world in fact … the TED video featured will show you just where. She and a group of volunteers … ‘we’re only volunteers and it’s just an experiment’ …  sitting around the kitchen table dreamed up this scheme to grow edibles around their town. Skipping all the usual paperwork and permission seeking they just went ahead and ‘did it’ … they grew edibles all over the place …  in front of the Health Center and the Police Station to name two. Amazingly, it all turned into a whole new tourist trade, inspiring growth in local small scale industries. People come from all over the world to see the Todmorden ‘experiment’ …  ‘even’, says Pam, ‘when nothing much is growing’. I’ll be surprized if you don’t just love this video … it is inspirational and magic… watch on the Gardening page where there are also links to articles you can read on Todmorden, or at its source on YouTube. (Note, on the Gardening page it is halfway down the page and entitled … ‘Pam Warhurst: how we can eat our landscapes’). Enjoy.

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World’s First Vertical Farms

From the ZME Science website….by Mihai Andrei

Not something ‘necessary’ at this point in NZ with its wide open spaces, however, inspiring nevertheless for those high rise city dwellers who want to get started growing their own food. It is very do able.

“We’re replacing food that was being grown in Mexico or California and shipped in,” explains Penny. “We feel like the community’s really ready for a project like this. Everybody’s so much more aware of the need to reduce transportation, and people like to know their farmer and where food’s coming from.”

“Indeed, by growing your food directly in the city you save money (and reduce pollution) on transportation; you also save a lot of time and effort too….