Growing Fresh Food for the Community.
The Marton community garden aims to provide free organically managed, spray free food for the community as well as sharing this knowledge with the community to improve food resiliency, food localisation, and community connection.
The garden hosts a range of workshops teaching others how to grow their own fruit, herbs and vegetables, harvest wild edibles, food preservation techniques, as well as hosting giveaways and information sharing events.
The Marton Community Garden operates based on Permaculture Ethics of;
Earth Care -- Kaitiakitanga - care of the soil & care of all living systems, giving back in a way that creates future abundance.
People Care -- Whanaungatanga - Care for the self, kin and community.
Fair Share -- Manaakitanga - Taking of what we need and sharing what we don’t. Redistribute surplus by giving a fair share of the bounty to others in our community.
The community garden is also the home of our #foodisfree wagon and our community fruit and vegetable stand where people can share their excess food or take what they need
The community garden is open 24/7 for anyone to harvest the produce and everyone is welcome to join in the fun by attending one of the working bees, workshops or events.
A working bee is held on the second Saturday of the month between 9am – 11am (Summer hours 8.30 - 10.30am) and you don't need any experience or tools if you don't have any.
This is always a fun morning and we try and incorporate some learning opportunities as well. Everyone is welcome kids included, and the garden is fully fenced so come on down we would love to see you there!
In November of 2015 after a long time searching the Marton community garden found its future home. A group of enthusiastic local people then started working behind the scenes to make it all happen. Building started in January 2016 on the raised beds that would become the home of many a vegetable.
The support from people and local businesses since it’s inception has been awesome including Southern Lights Biological/Collagen Solutions, Rangitikei District Council, Edible Organics, Mcilwaine Mitre 10, Paranui Organics, Andy Galpin, Donny Hopkinson, Marton ITM, Robbie’s Small Engine Mechanics, Rangitikei Wheelie Bins, The Jig Maker, and all of the volunteers who help at working bees, plant weed and help to manage the garden.