Archive for May, 2010

Fruit trees for Auckland

May 31st, 2010

Supermarket food prices have risen 28 per cent in the last year. With GST going up to 15%, once again we have to deal with the fact that food prices will increase further. Planting fruit trees in Auckland can help families save money on their grocery bill and secure free and healthy food for the future.

We are now collecting locations for possible fruit tree planting so we can continue to work together with council in 2011 once our current trial project has finished.

If you would like to have a fruit tree on the grass verge in front of your house or if you can suggest another location in your neighbourhood, please go to our fruit tree website and send us your preferred location details.

Please send us details of potential locations for neighbourhood fruit trees by signing up on our website.
All suggestions will be assessed for suitability before locations are chosen.

or join us on our facebook group to support this trial project:

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Chicken workshop with Gail Batten

May 23rd, 2010

We had a fantastic turnup to the chicken workshop yesterday and it is good to see that so many people are seriously interested in keeping their own chickens.

Gail gave us a good understanding on what is needed to keep chickens in your backyard and her presentation covered everything from feeding, maintenance, hatching, health, organic food and how to trim their wings so they won’t end up in your neighbours garden.

It was great to hear how simple it is to keep your own hens and with having fresh eggs as payment you can easily find a chicken sitter while you are on holiday. Now it is just a matter of time to convince my husband how cool they are and if we should fence them in or instead fence the vegetable garden.

 Thank you to Gail who generously contributed all the income of this workshop towards the planting of more fruit trees for our community.

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Community Garden Update

May 13th, 2010

Soil testing was done by the Council in January this year on the Old  Mt Eden womens bowling green and it was found to have a high level of  carcinogenic contaminants.  This report was presented to the Eden/ Albert Community Board in March.

They been trying to decide what to  do with the site, ie: decontaminate it or not. The Community Garden group are still interested in the site and have been fundraising to put in raised beds with a barrier (Geotextile) that would prevent any contamination between the growing medium and the green. We still hope to establish a Community Garden in Mt Eden.

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NZ changing landscape – Photo exhibition

May 12th, 2010

Where: At Frasers café, Mt Eden village       Date: 12th May to 26th June
Using non biodegradable and non compostable products everyday has a lasting impact on the environment we live in.
Plastic products are now part of the landscape in some of our most beautiful places.


Plastic bags, plastic containers, disposable nappies are just some of the products that are not designed to break down in our, or in our children’s life time. 

In New Zealand plastic bags are still handed out for free in most supermarkets. Saying NO to plastic bags and choosing products with no plastic packaging is one option we can do as an individual.

But what about the bigger picture and what are other countries doing? Ireland has reduced its plastic checkout bag usage by 90%, simply by putting a tax on plastic bags.

What happens to products that are not compostable and biodegradable? They simply won’t disappear.

This is a photo journey highlighting the changes you can see now in the 100% Pure New Zealand landscape.
If you want to find out more about the impact of plastic on the ocean and wildlife, please visit:

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Free worm juice for the community garden

May 7th, 2010

The worm farm at the Essential Deli is producing lots of worm juice. We collect this wonderful organic fertiliser for the Wilton Street community garden in Grey Lynn since we are still waiting for the site approval for a community garden in Mt Eden village.

Worm juice is very high in nutrients and can be used as a liquid fertiliser by diluting with 10 parts of water. Diluted vermi-liquid can be used on office plants and in the garden.

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