Lake Hayes Estate Planting Party – Kick Start Your Veggie Patch!

Nov 6, 2013

Lake Hayes residents are invited to the first ever LHE planting party this Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m. to noon, at Little Rockets (12 Onslow Road).

There will be free seeds and planting pots, great local advice, free gardening consultations available and giveaways from SBS Bank.

The LHE planting party is a joint effort between Feed Our Future, the LHE community Association, Harvest Gardens and SBS Bank.

“People will be able to get good practical advice and take home seedlings and seeds to give them a head start on their veggie gardens for summer,” spokeswoman Honor Mathieson said.

Feed Our Future is an informal group keen to see more food grown in the basin.  Founder Cath Gilmour said she started contacting people about the idea after seeing a TED talk about UK group Incredible Edibles last year.

“SBS Bank, Harvest Gardens, QLDC and a range of enthusiastic individuals came on board to encourage edible plantings around the community. Feed Our Future is all about building community networks, local food capacity and education.”

The group started out as Vege Verges, but realised the UK model of planting in street side verges would not work so well in Wakatipu and Wanaka, where public verges tended to be poor soil and dry.

Instead, Feed Our Future was encouraging community initiatives and working with Council staff to identify public places where edible plants could be grown, Ms Gilmour said.

“The planting party at Lake Hayes Estate is our first public initiative.  Most residents there have enough land to plant their own veggie garden, but might not know where to start.  Between SBS Bank seeds and seedling pots and knowledgeable Harvest Gardens’ volunteers, they will be able to get growing.”

Other Feed Our Future initiatives planned include LHE planter boxes, a Kelvin Peninsula Community Association Orchard and community garden at Jardine Park, nut and fruit tree planting along local walking and cycle tracks and the formation of a charitable trust to raise funds to help sustain efforts. 

Ms Gilmour said they had also identified an ideal site in Frankton, but this had been put on the back burner until someone could be found to help drive it. She said Feed our Future’s website contained useful information about growing food locally and acted as a contact network.