Archive for September, 2010

10/10/10 Community Celebration & Garden Opening

September 27th, 2010

Please join us for a celebration of community achievement and gardening on the 10/10/10 from 2-4pm at the end of Poronui street, behind the bowling club.

Be part of the start of the new community garden, talk to expert Ken Clark about growing your own food, learn how to build a compost, bring your kids for the treasure hunt and seed planting. This is what we have come up with for the day:

Compost building easy – for kids and adults:
Collected food waste from our local shops will be used to build a compost system for our community

Get your hands dirty:
Dig in and be one of the first to plant in our new community garden

Meet the team behind the Mt Eden Village People:
Please join us to celebrate our community achievements over the last 4 years. We will be having a celebrity seed planting and the official garden opening

Treasure hunt for kids:
Great prizes for kids such as a $140 swimming class voucher from Eden pools, educational toys from Mainly Toys, sweets from the Candy Man

3.30 pm
Raffle Prize Draw
– Our raffle is to raise money to plant more community fruit trees in Auckland. Nice prizes from our local shops, such as a lunch at Moltens, breakfast at Frasers, a cake from the city cake company and tea and some good reading material from Chapter.

And more:

  • Enjoy yummy treats contributed by the Essential Deli
  • Meet Ken Clark from Waiheke to talk about growing food in the city
  • Seed planting for kids to take home
  • Face painting

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Fruit trees for local schools and kindergartens

September 24th, 2010

Nearly all of the fruit trees we donated to our local schools at the beginning of September have been planted. Our local playcentre had to postpone the planting due to a major makeover on their grounds and we decided that it would be safer to plant the trees after the renovation work has been completed.

Thank you to all the parents, kids and teachers that have been part of this project, we really enjoyed working with you.

We are pleased to say that we received funding from our local board to plant an additional 45 fruit trees for the schools and kindergartens in our community. So lets keep on planting!

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10/10/10 Global climate working bee in Mt Eden Village

September 7th, 2010

Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe upper limit for humanity, we are now at 392 and heating up!! 10/10/10 is a global event when communities around the world come together to take action on climate change (for more info check

Our response to climate change is to ‘think global, act local’
On the 10/10/10 we get together to work towards a sustainable future in Mt Eden by starting a community garden and reusing food waste from our local shops to build compost.

This is what we, the Mount Eden Village People ( TT Mt Eden) have come up with for the day:

  • Collecting vegetable leftovers from our local shops
  • Compost building from scratch
  • Set up a community garden
  • Celebrate our achievement with with yummy treats from the Essential Deli

Kids activities on the day: Treasure hunt, face painting, gardening, seed planting, raffle tickets with great prizes from our local shops.

Please join us for a day of fun and community achievement:

Where we meet: Poronui street, behind the bowling club
When: from 2- 4pm

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Good news from our Mt Eden Village shops

September 6th, 2010

KC Loo now sells All Good Bananas  : : : The Essential Deli offers 50 cents off your takeaway coffee if you bring your own cup  : : :  The Essential Deli is selling free range eggs, ½ dozen for $4.50  : : :  Frasers  gives away free ice cream container for gardeners or to store food  : : :  MBE Business Centre donates paper that has been damage to our local Playcentre  : : :  Civic video and MBE business centre reported an increase of battery recycling  : : :  5 shops in the village reported back a plastic bag handout reduction of 50-75% has been achieved by communicating with their staff to ask people if they need a bag  : : :  Mt Eden Picture framer recycles off cuts to Eden Dale school for art classes

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Fruit tree planting in parks and reserves:

September 3rd, 2010

The 131 community fruit trees that council planted with the funding from our local board are in the ground. Now all we have to do is wait until they are big trees and produce fruit. We have now a selection of : Walnut, Nectarine, Peach, Apple Monty’s Surprise, Avocado, Feijoa, Plum, Guava, Pear, Mandarin in our parks. We love our new fruit trees and decided to visit them. Tim, who just joined our fruit tree group, went to visit the fruit trees in Watling, Morvern and Potters park and reported back that all trees look really healthy. You can see some picture of our young community fruit trees below.

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Community Garden

September 2nd, 2010

The Mount Eden Community Garden group has just received the soil test back for the new site in Poronui Street, just behind the Bowling Club. The test is not as bad as the one from the first suggested site, however the site land has enough contamination that we do not want to plant edible plants directly into the soil. So we are going to go ahead  with raised beds using a geotextile barrier.  Hopefully we will start  putting in the raised beds in September.

Michelle has been in touch with Metro Water to get the water back on so we will be able to water the  garden during the summer.  We are trying to keep the costs down and we have found some stakable wooden sleeves on Trade instead of the more expensive raised garden beds. We intend to buy 16 of them, 1 x 1.2 metres,  which will start our garden. There will be a working bee, rubbing in linseed oil into the sleeves to extend their life. After that, we can arrange for the soil to be delivered so we can get the first part of the garden off the ground. Please contact Michele if you are interested in participating.

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Grafting workshop

September 1st, 2010

The grafting workshop was a much smaller group and everyone in the group got a chance to graft with Ken Clarks feedback and supervision. We also learned that grafting can causes accidents. Unfortunately one women cut her finger, but luckily it was not too deep and a plaster did the job.

It was wonderful to learn how to graft onto rootstock and being able to get exactly that fruit tree that you want into your garden. In my case, it is a plum tree from a friend of ours that I admired and now I will graft from it.

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