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OUR JOURNEY

GROW WANAKA

Grow Wānaka Pear

In the winter of 2020 a small team of passionate like-minded locals came together to create Grow Wānaka, on a very special piece of land gifted in partnership by The Outlet Camp.  A charitable trust was set up to support the project and with a couple of generous community donations the garden was set in motion. 

By February 2021 the first garden beds were being formed and since then the garden has continued to evolve into a productive and vibrant community growing hub. The garden now encompasses two greenhouses, a large berry patch, hot composting bays, continuous flow vermicomposting (worm) farms, and an organics drop off hub, and internal garden bed trellising and archways to enhance vertical growing space for greater productivity. All of this was made possible through community supported donations of time, effort, materials and funding.  

 

Education has always been an integral part of the garden and wider project vision. The garden provides educational opportunities through weekly Saturday morning working bees, monthly workshops, and private garden tours with education session tailored for the visiting group. We also provide experiential learning opportunities for our tamariki with garden visits and hands-on activities to explore the food soil web within our garden ecosystem. 

Grow Wānaka is continuously evolving in all sorts of fun and fascinating ways. We are currently a partner in the Environmental Education Collaborative NaturEd Wānaka, we are an active participant in the Aotearoa Composting Network, and engage with the Upper Clutha Food Security Network. We are working with QLDC on community scale waste minimisation solutions, and we coordinate with the Wānaka Food Bank to provide weekly donations of fresh organic produce. 

Grow Wānaka team

The Evolution of Grow Wānaka 2020 to 2024

Grow Wānaka Birds eye view beginning stages

Winter 2021

Community Gardening Stills

Autumn 2022

Grow Wānaka Feb 6 2023 Birds eye view

Summer 2023

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Summer 2024

Grow Wānaka

OUR CURRENT PROJECT VISION IS TO:

  • Showcase circular systems thinking and process through our circular model project: Accepting food organics to our drop off hub, converting the food waste to high value compost, using the compost to grow organic produce, and donating the produce back to the community.
     

  • Enhance community resilience and connection through collective growing, sharing of ideas, kai, knowledge and skills.
     

  • Create and support community scale waste minimisation solutions by offering organics composting and education opportunities.
     

  • Enhance food security by providing weekly community produce donations, promoting and supporting localised food production and food networks, and supporting the use of produce pantries throughout the Upper Clutha.
     

  • Provide experiential education opportunities in collaboration with many community experts to offer a wide range of learning opportunities.
     

  • Nurture the current partnerships and volunteer base we have developed.
     

  • Enhance soil and ecosystem function through the regeneration of degraded land back to productive biodiverse landscapes. 
     

  • Create a welcoming space for all community members to enjoy.
     

  • Evolve to meet the needs of our dynamic community.

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OUR TEAM

Grow Wānaka is composed of ten committee members, a dedicated volunteer team and a wider community family, pulling together a diverse range of skills sets, knowledge and knowhow for a growing community garden project.

Grow Wānaka_Emberley Wetherall

Emberly Wetherall

Chair &
Project Coordinator

Grow Wānaka_Toni Foxton

Toni Foxton

Secretary, Project Advisor, & Education Facilitator

Julia Greeks

Grow Wānaka_Julia Greeks

Treasurer &

Project Advisor 

GrowWanaka_Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham

Administration
& Tech Guru

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Wendy Brown

 Garden & Project Support

GrowWanaka_Kit South

Kit South

Education Coordinator

& Project Support

Grow Wānaka_Colin Gregan

Colin Gregan

Founding member & Project Advisor

Grow Wānaka_Eve Marshall-Lea

Eve Marshall-Lea

Events Coordinator Extraordinaire

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Marg Kerr

Garden, Events and Education Support

Grow Wānaka_Barry South

Barry South

Infrastructure & Irrigation Specialist

Grow Wanaka_Inka

Inka Vogt

Project Support &

Craft Building Specialist

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Elaine Kelly

Committee Member

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Our Team

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Our Volunteers

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OUR  SUPPORTERS

Grow Wānaka is a community powered project that continues to thrive and evolve thanks to the many wonderful collaborations, donations, and collective garden mahi.

We are incredibly grateful for all the work and support that has brought this project to fruition and drives its evolution to this day. A huge thanks and recognition to our original founders and former members, our working bee, education and outreach volunteer teams, our passionate community composters, our garden land owners & neighbours, our local and national collaborators, partners and networks, our donors, visitors, and everyone else who supports our kaupapa.

We are particularly grateful to our main sponsors and supporters:

Happen Films Logo
herbal culture
Paradiso Cinema
The peoples bread
Wanaka Community Workshop Logo
Rotary Wanaka
Outlet Camp
Harvest Homegrown
Trade Tested Logo
QLDC
Wastebusters logo
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Lush Living Landscapes
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Mitre 10 logo
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Well Bean Cafe
Community Network Logo

Red Bridge Trust  |   Crosshill Garden – Ali Soper   |   Freshlink   |   Hoiho Media   
Roger Gardiner   |   Caroline Harker  |   John Levy   |   Toni Foxton

Three Parks & Central Machine Hire   |   Northlake  |   Paul Wright  |   Ross & Colleen Allan
Treeworks  |  Visual Distillery Design  |   Thiago Amaral - Wide Vision Data Services 
Christine Schepp Design  |  Tree Tamers  |   Ruth Arkless Design
  |   Hirepool Wānaka 

Grow Wānaka

DONATE

Grow Wānaka is a Charitable Trust Organisation, which relies on donations of time, energy, materials and funding to achieve our community resilience and waste minimization goals and deliver on our community outreach and education programmes. 

 

If you would like to support our work and project with a donation please get in touch with us.

 

We accept one-off monetary donations or join 'Friends of Grow Wānaka' as a regular donor. Donations over $5 are tax deductible.

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