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Working bees are all go. 
Monday 1-4.30pm & Wednesday 1-4pm at 31 Parlane Street. There’s no skill or green thumb prerequisite! Wear covered shoes and bring a water bottle. 

There’s a great variety of different tasks – from weeding, harvesting, to watering.  These working bees are a time to learn new skills, connect in and have a bit of fun! Check out our social media for updates and more information. 

We're looking for some specific handy skills

We’re looking for help from people who can:

  • repair & maintain small engines and tools
  • build stuff big and small
  • take great photos or videos

If you’re keen to lend your skills, or if you know someone who could help out – please get in contact with us. 

new māra kai

Addington Farm is proposing to establish a māra kai (community vege garden) in Addington Park (located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Jerrold Street North) for the benefit of the Addington community. It would be located in the south corner and wouldn’t infringe on the existing sports feild.

The māra kai would consist of four areas.

+ Foraging loop: consisting of vegetables, low fruit trees, berries, flowers and herbs that can be foraged by anyone at any time.

+ Kai security garden: with a focus on growing produce for local whānau, volunteers and food banks.

+ Kaitiaki plots for whānau, individuals or community groups.

+ Accessible raised garden beds.

We’re excited about the idea as it would create more spaces of belonging which create more connection & help Addington feel safer.

– It would grow heaps of kai that will strengthen our community’s food security.

– It would catalyze and assist more māra kai all across Addington.

– It would grow more gardeners as we share skills and knowledge

What are the next steps?
The “New māra kai subcommittee” is a group that is tasked with taking the lead to organise and navigate all the red tape and paperwork that is involved with this type of project. Upgrading the building is going to involve a lot of planning and advocacy.

It would be great if 1 or 2 more people could jump on board and help with the mahi to get things moving. Many hands make light work. The committee will meet monthly for the next 6 months to keep things moving. Email us if you’re keen to learn more.

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