Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Community Garden

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini©
Today I have signed the lease for the Slow Food Waitakere plot at the Ranui Community Gardens. The aim of the gardens is to create a leisurely environment through gardening and caring for nature that is fun and stimulating. The garden will be a place where people can make new friends and socialise with different cultures to share food and knowledge.

The objectives:
To promote fruit and vegetable gardening.
To increase fruit and vegetable consumption in Ranui.
To promote natural sustainable gardening, organic gardening and craft using traditional and permaculture principles.
To empower the community through skill development associated with the community garden.
To promote income generating concepts and self reliant projects.
To foster a community-wide inclusiveness and access.
To learn from, accept and respect other cultures in view or their diversities.
For the community garden ti be sustainable, (to keep operating).

Ranui Community Garden Coordinator Emma Cohen

Please contact me at to be part of the Slow Food Waitakere gardening group, or to visit the garden. Only with your support we can get things growing!


Johanna Knox said...

Fantastic! I wonder if Wgtn Slow Food could get a local plot ....

how many of you usually turn up to care for it?

karen perri said...

HI Joanna, We got the plot early this year and have just celebrated Terra Madre day (Dec. 10th) and we were giving away cabbages and onions from the Slow Food plot. You do need one dedicated person to keep it in order, but slowly I am getting more people to help and take turns watering. Of course the are all happy to be given veges. But we have just completed the first ever Slow Food after school class on how to grow veges. Next term there will be more emphasis on the children learning to cook or preserve what they grow. There will be lots of the summer fruits - tomatoes,zucchinis, eggplants, peppers and herbs, so they will garden one week and cook the next because they have see how the fruit looks on the plant. Slowly but surely we are getting the local politicians on our side and they see the benefit of different community groups working together and hopefully it will help us when we need funding. I want to try and haul in lots of grandparents to help in the garden. Even if they weed 6 square inches - it will be beneficial and it will be a social event for them. Will let you know how it goes.
Karen Perri


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