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Kay Baxter nation wide speaking tour at the Mt Eden Village Centre – 17th, 19th and 20th of May

May 4th, 2014

Kay Baxter – director of Koanga Institute and world-renowned expert in seed-saving and permaculture gardening – is on a mission; travelling the length of New Zealand in a fundraising quest to save the New Zealand heritage seed.  You have the chance to listen to Kay speak when she comes to Auckland for three talks at Mt Eden Village Centre.

Kay will be doing two talks each evening to inspire and empower you. Her first talk will be ‘Future proof Your Health and Design Your own Nutrient Dense Diet’ and in the second Kay will share her journey around ‘Seeds, Humans and the Process of Co-evolution… a regenerative way forward’.

To purchase a ticket and find out more about the events, please follow the link below, tickets cost $45.00
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/kay-baxters-national-speaking-tour-tickets-11163926605?ref=ebtnebtckt

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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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Farmers markets close to Mt Eden:

November 11th, 2012

Farmers markets offer a selection of fresh and local products and are often much cheaper than the big supermarkets. Below a list of our favourite farmers markets:

Grey Lynn Farmers Market: A great selection of workshops are offered too.
Sundays 9am – 12.30pm
Grey Lynn Community Centre
510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn

CCS Disability Action, Royal Oak
18 November, 10am – 2pm
14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak

Parnell Farmers Market:
Saturdays 8am – noon
545 Parnell Road, Parnell

French Market:
Saturdays 8am – 3pm; Sun 9am – 2pm
69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell

Britomart Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30am – 12:30pm
Britomart Precinct

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Food swap Mt Eden – Saturday 24 November 10am-3pm, Mt Eden Village Centre

November 11th, 2012

At the next stall we will have lots of vegetables from the Mt Eden community garden. Please pop in and bring some food to swap. The food swap table is the last Saturday of the month at the Mt Eden Village Centre during the Mt Eden Village Fair.
If you can help for one or two hours that would be great.

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Food swap at the Mt Eden Village Centre

September 23rd, 2012

Are you keen to help out at a food swap table at the Mt Eden Village Fair? Please contact us, the Mt Eden Village Fair is every last Saturday of the month and this is a great opportunity to meet your community and swap food from your garden. The Mt Eden Village Fair offers lots of interesting stalls themed around well being and fair trade. If you want to find out more or have your own table, contact Peace the organiser.

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Fruit trees for Auckland: Project updates

July 9th, 2012

Based on a trial project funded by the old Albert Eden Board in 2008, where we received funding for our project to plant community fruit trees with council in parks and reserves and on grass verges, community groups can now plant fruit trees in council appointed local parks and reserves.

Our vision for this year was to hand out 1000 fruit trees for Auckland. We are pleased that with the support from the New Zealand Lottery Board, local shops and donations made on our website we can now provide 600 fruit trees. This is where the trees go will:

500-550 Fruit trees for schools and kindergartens and individuals:
Schools, kindergartens and individuals who registered on our website and have been notified by us can pick up their free fruit trees on Sunday 29 of July from 1-3.30 pm at the Mt Eden Village centre.

30-50 Fruit trees for Auckland’s Transition Town groups:
Over the year we have been closely working with other Transition Town groups to make our communities more sustainable. Having free, fresh food growing in our city is part of the vision to support communities in the future and we are therefore happy to supply Grey Lynn 2030, Grow Sandringham, TT Kingsland, TT Pt Chev and TT Devonport with fruit trees for their local parks. Thank you for everyone’s support and patience on this project, we are very excited to get started and plant fruit trees together.

30 Fruit trees for Mt Eden village
We collected enough funds from our local shops to buy 30 community fruit trees that will be planted in parks and reserves close to the village with help from council arborists. Planting day is Sunday 08.08.2012 at 1pm. Home baked Linzer torte will be provided for fruit tree planters on the day. If you are free to join us please contact us.

A big thank you to our local shops and businesses for the trees:
ASB Bank Mt Eden, Chapter Tea Room, Civic Video, Eden Food, Essential Deli, Eden Garden Retirement Village, Hospice Shop Mt Eden, Jam TV, Move to Improve, Mt Eden Bakery, Mt Eden Picture Framer, Mt Eden Health and Beauty, Pomegranate, Ray White Mt Eden, Roses

and to supporters that made a donation on our fruit tree website:

Grey Lynn 2030, Hamish Stewart Catering, Post Haste Couriers, Move to Improve – Feldenkrais practice, Printcost.com, Pallet Lock Ltd, Gideon Geldenhuys.

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March: Sunday 31.03.2013

November 3rd, 2011

City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard:

Start time: 1pm, Duration 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Gail Batten
Location:  Epsom
Contribution ; $20.00
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Chickens in the city, with Gail Batten
This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg.  You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.

This workshop covers:

* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and  wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken

About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present.  Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

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April: Sunday 28.04.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Square Foot Gardening

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours

Tutor: Ken Clark, SFG master from Waiheke
Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Square foot gardening with Ken Clark from Waiheke
This is a unique chance to learn all you need to know to start and maximise food production in the city from one of New Zealand’s most successful square foot gardeners. Square foot gardening is a perfect solution for city gardens as it produces 70% more food than conventional gardens with less work. Ken will also share practical tips to improve your organic gardening skills and talk about soil maintenance, home-made organic fertiliser and seed saving.

What to expect:

  • The workshops cover everything from seeds and organic gardening.
  • You will get the chance to design your own Square foot garden on a map that you can take home.
  • A flyer with gardening and soil information will be handed out outlining the workshop.
  • After this workshop you can set up your own SFG garden and start your food production.
  • To set up your own Square foot garden takes one hour.

About Ken Clark and Square foot gardening:
Ken first learnt about square foot gardening about 20 years ago. He proceeded to do it his own way for 17 years. 5 years ago he retired to Waiheke Island & started SFG in earnest. Ken lives on a small size section and produces an abundance of fruit and veges using the Square foot gardening method. SFG advocates growing only what you need on a weekly basis. It is a fantastic system for busy people who wish to have a more sustainable life and organically grow food with the minimum fuss and effort.

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July: Sunday 28.07.2013

November 3rd, 2011

Fruit tree pruning

Starting: 10.30am, Duration: 1-1.30 hours,

Location:  Mt Eden Village
Contribution: $20.00

Tutor: Ken Clark
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

What to expect:
Kens workshops are designed to show you how easy it is to feed your family with a maximum food production on minimum space. Ken keeps his trees small as he lives on a small section. Keeping his trees small makes it easier to reach the fruit and leaves space for more trees.

In this workshop you will learn how to prune and maintain your fruit trees to get maximum food production.  When is the best time to prune and how to do it so the tree does not get damaged. This is a practical, hands on workshop with a simple how to do it yourself handout.

About Ken Clark:
Ken has been gardening all his life with the main focus on food production. He grew up on a farm and back then you relied on your own garden to get your dinner on the table. When Ken was 12 his parents divorced and he had to take over all the major digging in the garden and his mum did the planting.

He now lives on Waiheke on a 850 m section and produces food in abundancy to feed himself and his wife. The beauty of Kens food garden is that he has a wide variety of different fruit and vegetables for the entire year.

The benefit of having your own vegetables and fruit trees in your garden are simple:
You know where your food comes from and you don’t spend money on oil to get the food from wherever into your kitchen.

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September: Sunday 29.09.2013

November 3rd, 2011

City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard:

Start time: 1pm, Duration 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Gail Batten
Location:  Epsom
Contribution ; $20.00
Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck

Chickens in the city, with Gail Batten
This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg.  You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.

This workshop covers:

* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and  wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken

About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present.  Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

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