As a Charitable Trust we are always looking for ways to help in our community where we can. Our staff are always keen to participate and contribute to make a difference in our society. Tracey, Our general manager is actively engaging with our locals to determine the needs of the community and how we as a charitable trust can help.
After engaging with Aroha Kai and the Waitara Food Bank Tracey was motivated to revamp our community garden again. Staff and scheduled volunteers will tend to the garden which will provide food for those in need. Seeding till Harvest will be at WISE premises in Waitara. The produce will be given to community groups and individuals for distribution. WISE is hoping for a cooking class with somebody local to teach the community. Also teaching health knowledge with vegetables.
The voluntary garden will be on-going every season. In winter Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower will be planted. In summer passionfruit, tomato and corn will be planted. The focus is to grow staples such as kumara, pumpkin, potatoes and easy food that doesn’t require extra retrograde.
Waitara High School is currently helping WISE prepare the potatoes beds, weeding, raking and seeding. This gives the students a hands on learning activity and experience. They’re learning to grow their own food as well as healthy eating.
Our community garden is in need of volunteers, however you’ll need to bring your own equipment. You can also donate garden equipment and money for seeds. We are still in need of yoghurt trays, egg trays to assist with seeding. REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE