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

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slow Foodies and Slow gardeners

For those of you who want to try and grow a few vegetables but are truly frightened about huge expanses of dirt that you know will grow weeds, you are now able to take a small area of the raised mounds in the Slow Food’s plot at the Ranui Community Garden to gradually learn how to grow your food.

This plot has all day sun. There are no trees to shade the plants. It is the perfect place to produce masses of vegetables.

I now have three freezers full of broad beans, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini and garlic, not to mention a large kitchen shelf with sauerkraut, preserved eggplant, lacto-fermented zucchini and cabbage, preserved artichokes, pickled vegetables, green beans preserved in brine, dried tomatoes in oil and all my preserved fruit.  And I hardly bought a vegetable all summer. Plus we use the vegetables for our cooking classes at the Ranui Community House.


For those of you who would like to try but don’t know the first thing about how to grow things, there are classes for you too.  The next one is on Saturday the 16th May - “Grow Your Own Vegetables” - from 10am till 2pm in at my house Ranui. I think it will cost around $40. You will need to book by phoning 833 6280 and you will be given directions and a list of things to bring – gumboots and lunch etc.


I am always happy to help Slow Foodies who take a part of the plot, but I am not readily available through out the week to spend time with people. This class gives you a good set of notes, which we go through thoroughly during the day, so you understand the basics of organic gardening and you will be taught how to raise plants from seed, how to transplant seedlings so they survive, how to prepare a piece of dirt for planting and you will go away with a few plants as well.


Karen Perri

 Below are some photos of the Slow Food Waitakere plot. Karen and Nick did a lot of weeding and raised the beds, and there is space for more planting. 


karen perri said...

The Slow Food plot looks a little more inviting - at least smoother and more like a gardening magazine thanks to Nick's raking job. So anyone who wants to adopt even 1 foot of the narrowest raised bed for herbs, or garlic, any of the cabbage/broccolli family, beets, spinach, please let me know. I am happy to help anyone who knows nothing about gardening, but I am only available in the weekends. I learned by trial and error and made plenty of mistakes along the way. Food tastes so much better with the use of herbs and of course if you do want to learn more about the use of herbs in food - there are classes in the third term in West Auckland.

Alessandra said...

I managed to go today and planted some organic sicilian red cauliflowers and organic leeks, to add to my already planted Romanesco broccoli. And got a big bunch of silver beet and some herbs for home.


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