Growing together: The strength of community gardens

Community gardens are so much more than a source of free fruit and veges. They’re a place to learn, make friends and even future-proof our food supply. Melissa Gilbert, who’s helped start a Northland garden, explains why they’re so important and how to get one going in your area.

As our first Covid lockdown approached, many New Zealanders put vegetable gardening on their lockdown project list, and I did too. When I discovered that our local seed and seedling providers had completely sold out, I became uneasy.

The upside was that it meant people were using this time to start growing food. The downside was the scary realisation that we don’t have local seed sovereignty. I was shocked to discover that a few global corporations…

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