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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

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Fruit trees for Auckland

April 3rd, 2013

We would like to thank the New Zealand Lottery Board for their kind donation of $10,000.00 towards our project to plant 1000 trees with local schools and community groups Auckland wide. We are now hoping that we will receive additional support from other funding applications we submitted. Please register on our website if you would like trees:

Free fruit trees for your schools or early childhood centre:

Free fruit trees for community groups to plant in their local park:

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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

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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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Community fruit trees for Auckland

August 7th, 2012

We had a wonderful day planting community fruit trees on Sunday. Around 50 people joined our community fruit tree planting day in Mt Eden including our guest of honour – the wonderful Te Radar and his team from Jam TV who were supporting our vision of fruit trees for Auckland.

Thank you to everyone’s contribution, we planted 20 trees in 45 minutes – could be a gold medal if we had fruit tree planting as an Olympic sport. This will be a yearly event in our community and we are now raising funds for the planting in 2013.

Thank you to our local shops and businesses for donating the trees, to David and Ellen for the hand crafted stakes, Antony for the beautiful compost and Tree Total for the free mulch. And thanks  to the weather gods for a sunny day.

If you want to register for a free fruit tree in 2013 please go to

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Community fruit tree planting day Mt Eden Village: 5 August 2012

July 16th, 2012

We are organising a community fruit tree planting day on Sunday 5 August, at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet likeminded people, learn how to plant a fruit tree, and help to provide free fruit trees for Aucklanders.

Meet at 1pm at the end of Poronui Stree Road. Please wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing, and bring gardening gloves
and a spade. Please let us know if you’re coming: Contact Judith Holtebrinck:

Home made “Linzer Torte “will be available for all helpers. This is a family event so please bring your children your children’s friends, parents and
grant parents along. The fruit tree are getting planted next to the playground at the end of Poronui street.

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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,, Pallet Lock Ltd, Gideon Geldenhuys.

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Keeping chickens in the city – MEVP workshop

February 29th, 2012

March: Sunday 25.03.2011

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.

Other useful Web sites: – ideas for some funky chicken runs South Island hatchery who sells day old chicks and hen houses country wide. – great site to find breeders of pure breed chickens

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