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Mt Eden Community Garden – updates

February 13th, 2013

It has been a busy summer in the community garden.   A small group of gardeners have been coming most weekends and we have a flourishing garden.despite the lack of rain.  We have had a lot of surprises coming out of our compost, especially with kamo kamo and pumpkins.   On the longest day we harvested the garlic crop and the rhubarb is flourishing, the tomatoes are finally starting to ripen with the under planting of basil .We have plans afoot for 2013 to make the garden more productive.  We would love more gardeners to come and join us on Sundays between 2-4pm.  If you are interested please give Michele a ring on 021 216 1684 or 6300789 in the evenings.

The garden is located behind the Mt Eden Bowling Club and our website is www.mecg.co.nz

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Mt Eden Community Garden: Gardening every Sunday 2-4pm

November 11th, 2012

The garden is looking lush and green with all the new spring growth. The broad beans are fat and juicy and the crunchy silverbeet and spinach is the best! We will have plenty of strawberries this year!

This past month we have been busy with spring planting and getting compost and horse manure into the soil. We have built another planter box out of recycled pallets and a smaller box for raspberry cuttings. The compost system continues to work well (we can dig it back into the soil in 4 weeks), so bring along your kitchen waste and place in black bin #1 any time and the worms will assist in converting it into usable matter for us!

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December newsletter

December 24th, 2011

Dear all,

This is definitely a last minute newsletter and one more proof that it has been a busy and successful year for the Mt Village People and now it is timer to look back.

First of all we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who is part of our network and supporting our vision of zero waste and a sustainable Mt Eden. We also would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their funding this year. In addition our local board has kindly supported our projects by funding 5 Hungry Bins for our local shops and 5 beehives for Mt Eden.

On behalf of our group the MEVP, we wish you a wonderful Christmas with your friends, neighbours and family and all the best for 2012

Judith Holtebrinck

Please find below a brief list of achievements in 2011 in the village:

  • Frasers Café changed to free range eggs
  • The Essential Deli has stated their commitment to  free range happy and healthy animals and New Zealand made products in big letters on their window.
  • City cake reported that they use free range eggs for their cakes
  • Chapter tearoom offers fair trade and organic tea
  • The village wine shop is selling 12 free ranged eggs for $6.00
  • We are now recycling 100 x 10 litre buckets of coffee grains each month
  • We are collecting one bucket per month of used household batteries from Civic Video
  • Pig farmers collect food waste from Frasers and KC Loo.
  • The Mt Eden Community garden has 6 more garden beds
  • The Mt Eden butcher has a new owner who offers free range meat
  • We planted a mandarine tree in front of the Mt Eden Village centre
  • We donated 100 fruit trees to schools and kindergartens in July this year and are working on giving 1000 fruit trees to Auckland next year.
  • Our sustainability workshops for 2012 are now listed on our website
  • Since 13.12.2011, Maungawhau Mt Eden is bus free!
  • We raised $470.00 for our project to plant fruit trees at our annual community celebration at the Mt Eden Community garden.
  • We have observed more people in our community planting fruit trees on their grass verges.

Things we are working on and looking forward to in 2012:

A new local recycling station: We will offer the recycling of soft plastic in one of our local shops.

We are working on a submission for the Auckland waste plan, supporting community based recycling versus handing our waste over to the big players who send it to landfill.

We are looking forward to setting up our new Hungry Bins at our local shops

We are busy raising money and collecting fruit tree planting locations on our website: www.fruittrees.org.nz, our vision is to have 1000 community fruit trees for Auckland by July 2012.

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Community celebration in Mt Eden Village – thank you!

November 30th, 2011

Our community celebration was a great success thanks to many wonderful people that worked together on that day.

We had lots of families joining us and the kids had a great time meeting farm animals from Old McDonald’s farm, having pony rides and playing educational games.

Seed planting and the Mandel sculpture made out of recycled items as well as the scare crow building were also enjoyed by all. We where very lucky to have had the one sunny day on the weekend and some of us ended up sunburnt.

We would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Fund for their kind support which helped us with our community celebration and our community projects towards a sustainable Mt Eden.

We raised $484.00 which will go towards buying 1000 community fruit trees for schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, parks and reserves as well as grass verges in 2012.
We would like to thank the following shops for their kind donations which provided for our raffle, silent auction and prizes as well as feeding us all :

All Good BananasChapter TearoomDean Greenwood Swimming SchoolEden Villa - Bed & Breakfast, Essential Deli, Forest RockGifts4biz, KC Loo Fruiter, Move to ImproveMainly ToysMolten restaurant, Paris Mt Eden Bakery, Frasers cafe

We also would like to thank Eden Creative Recycling for bringing the artistic touch and ideas to this event; the Mt Eden Community Garden group, the Mount Eden Bowling club, Tumeke cycle space with the great smoothie maker and Grey Lynn 2030 for the beautiful bunting.

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Community Celebration program – 27th of November 2011

November 12th, 2011

Where: at the  Mt Eden Community Gardens at the end of Poronui Street near the bowling grounds

2.00 pm
Compost building workshop– for children and adults; meet and greet the animals; Pony riding, Mandala – create a unique piece of  artwork from recycled materials, walk like the animals game.

2.30 pm
Meet the team behind the Mt Eden Village People and hear about the projects we have been working on (local recycling, workshops, community garden, community fruit trees)

2.45 pm
Animal Antics: learn all about farm animals and what free range means; the amazing race for adults; locate your garden and fruit trees on our sustainable Mt Eden map – do you grow your own food, have bees, fruit trees or chickens?

3.00pm
Seed planting and kids discovery tour around the garden; sale of raffle tickets

3.30 pm
Build the scarecrow for the community garden; Raffle ticket draw*

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And more:

  • Make your own smoothie powered using a bicycle provided by Tumeke Cycle Space .
  • Enjoy yummy food from the Essential Deli.
  • Meet the gardeners to talk about growing food in the city
  • Face painting
  • Gardening tools sale as a fund raiser
  • Silent auction of a worm farm

*money raised will go towards our project to provide 1000 community fruit trees in 2012

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Mt Eden Community Garden

August 16th, 2011

As winter is now in full swing and the garden growth has slowed right down, we have been doing maintenance. We have built 4 additional raised garden beds out of old pallets and have planted another strawberry bed. Currently growing in the garden we have garlic, leeks, sweet peas, beetroot and much more. If you are interested in coming down and meeting the gardeners we meet every Sunday (weather permitting) between 2-4pm. If you want to be involved please contact Michele via email: michele@locke.org.nz or by mobile: 021 2161684 or go to www.mecg.co.nz

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Our submission for the Local Board Plan

August 2nd, 2011

We support our local board draft plan and would like to submit the following:

Protecting our heritage:
In addition to protecting heritage buildings we would like to see the protection of heritage centres and not just the protection of individual buildings.

Improving transport in our area:

Slow down traffic to improve road safety.
Encourage the use of public transport.
Provide more cycle lanes.

Managing our economic growth and development:
We support the creation of new local  jobs that are needed to grow our vision of a sustainable community. For example, we would like to see a professional local ranger  who has the skills and authority to work with volunteers on environmental and conservation projects for Maungawhau.  Our area needs to have someone who has the knowledge to coordinate volunteers to plant on the mountain and assist in communication between council officers and community groups in order to get community based initiatives operational.

There are also many opportunities  in our local area including meeting  the demand for volunteer tourism. Visitors to Auckland often want to make contact with local people and contribute to a conservation project.  By staying for a few extra days in Auckland volunteer tourists spend more but also could also contribute to a planting / weeding /community garden  programme.  A volunteer tourism co-ordinator working in conjunction with local rangers could help develop this aspect of Auckland’s tourism economy.

We also see the need for a local person to co-ordinate a waste minimisation project.  This person could also be responsible for the ensuring the cleaning of storm water drains and streets in our village centre.

Improving our recreation and our community facilities:
Open spaces:
We strongly support the vision of creating more open spaces for our community. We would like to see fruit trees and local food production as part of existing and new open spaces. We believe that this will help to attract more people to use parks and help families with their food bills.

We would like to see Maungawhau as a safe place for people to use and enjoy. We would like to see the removal of the buses that are too big for the mountain road and which cause danger for pedestrians.

Look after our assets and support a strong no more pollution policy:
1. Smoke free:
Regional parks have now become smoke free and we would like to see the same rules applied to around our parks, playgrounds as well as on the volcanoes in our community.
2. Litter free Mt Eden:
Support and promote an anti litter campaign initiated by Auckland council to prevent littering. Litter offenders can now be reported and fined via a 0800 INTHEBIN report line. We would like our local board to support and promote this litter report line.
3. Storm water drains:
Work on a solution that stops litter being carried out to sea. Litter preventing via promotion of the 0800 INTHEBIN report line, litter catchment area at the stormwater outlets at the beaches, in non flooding areas the curb should not be open for large litter items to go down the drain.
4. Libraries:
We support our 3 existing libraries. We would like to see a local library in Mt Eden village or at least a place in Mt Eden Village where books can be dropped off and picked up.
5. Community centres:
We strongly support our existing centres and hope that community groups will be supported to create more community events held at community centres. We would like to see the funding of adult education classes.
6. Roads:
Employ local staff to keep our roads and beaches clean and do not rely on volunteers. Bins around beaches need to be cleared more regularly in good weather.

Building a stronger sustainable community, preparing our community for the challenges due to climate change issues to the end of cheap oil, building community awareness:

1.    Support local programmes that are designed to minimise waste and educate.
2.    Support a local recycling centre where the public can drop off and obtain products that can be reused by others (http://www.trashpalace.co.nz)
3.    Support local recycling initiatives that make recycling easier
4.    Support worm farming and compost bins for local shops,  households and schools.
5.    Support bringing bees into the city.
6.    Support the planting of community fruit trees on berms in parks and reserves.
7.    Support community garden and food production in our city ward.
8.    Support grassroots community programmes and organizations.
9.    Support recycling and initiatives to have hazardous waste collection more available and part of the weekly collection, or drop off bins available 24 hours for each suburb.
10.    Any initiatives that encourage the public and businesses to reduce the creation and use of packaging.
11.    Support programs that promote the reduction of CO2 emissions.
12.    Support New Zealand made and fair trade.

General feedback for the submission forms, brochures and the submission process:
We would like to see all board documents and brochures printed on recycled paper or on paper with recycled with paper content supplied by a sustainably managed forest. We suggest that brochures do not need to be matt laminated – this will save money and make brochure recycling easier.

In the future we would like to be able to submit online without having to print and post a document. This will save money, paper and printing costs and is better for our environment.

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Mt Eden Community Garden updates:

June 26th, 2011

A composting system has been set up, using 5 black bins. We are currently collecting kitchen waste from the University of Education cafeteria.  We have done our winter planting and the garlic bed is showing the first flash of green. We are now cleaning up the side garden and preparing the beds to plant flowers to attract the bees in spring. We are also looking at putting in three more beds in preparation for spring.
There is currently a hardy core group of gardeners who have been turning up regularly even on wet Sundays.  Even when the weather is horrible we are still able to go to a local café and discuss garden related issues such as establishing a larger composting system.  Any new members are welcome to come and join us on Sunday 2-4 at the Mt Eden Community garden.  This can be accessed from Poronui Street and is situated behind the large scoria wall just behind the bowling club.

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Community garden updates

April 28th, 2011

A small group of interested gardeners met at the new Mt Eden Community centre on Ngaruhoe Street recently to formalise our structure.  It is an exciting development as we can now put in place a plan on how to take our garden forward into the new spring.

To date we have had another donation of mulch from Treescape, which has enabled us to tidy up around the raised beds. We have put in a new bed for the strawberries on the other side of the field again the shade cloth for the bowling club bowlers.
Last weekend we had a lesson on how to set up our composting system from Kris’ partner Mike.

We are now looking at fund raising and how we can establish three more raised beds before next spring. If you are interested in becoming a friend of the Mt Eden Community garden and would like to donate some money please email  Kris at mtedencommunitygarden@gmail.com

If you have untreated wood or access to some good soil please contact us at the same e-mail address.
We meet every Sunday at 2pm for two hours of gardening and you would be very welcome to come and help or to just join us for a chat. We are at the end of Poronui Street behind the rock wall on the left hand side.

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Next community garden meeting, 7th April 7.00pm

April 1st, 2011

Next Thursday, April 7th at 7.00 pm those involved or wanting to be involved in the community garden are meeting to plan for the year ahead. Please join us if you would like to be part of this group. Don’t forget to pop in and see the expanding garden at the end of Poronui st  behind the rock wall on the right!
Meeting is at the the Mt Eden Village Centre, Cnr Ngauruhoe Street and Mt Eden Road (Methodist Church)

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