Project aims to get people growing healthy food


Sharing life skills across communities, cultures and ages in a sustainable green space is the goal of the Tokomairiro urban backyard project in Milton.

Spokeswoman Nicky Lockerbie said they set up the project to help people grow and eat nutrient-dense food grown in their own backyards without using harmful chemicals.

The project was first mooted in June this year and by September the group had secured a patch of land on the edge of Milton to start the project, grow vegetables and host training sessions.

“It was kindly donated by the owner for us to use as long as we used it for growing,” she said.

The garden project has two parts, the first as a community education garden, and the second as a location to undertake Te Whare Waananga O Awanuiarangi training for the level 3 certificate in kai oranga (growing healthy food).

The group has already started conducting workshops and learning sessions and Mrs Lockerbie said the response had been very favourable.

More information can be found on the Tokomairiro urban backyard project Facebook site.