Seeds of learning at community gardens

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Encouraging people to grow ... Waitaki Community Gardens volunteer co-ordinator Ra McRostie. PHOTO: SHANNON GILLIES

The education season is about to bloom at the Waitaki Community Gardens.

A series of classes, including introducing people to the concept of biodynamics and teaching people basic life skills, such as how to grow their own food, is about to start.

Gardens volunteer co-ordinator Ra McRostie said she was excited about the sessions, particularly those focusing on biodynamics.

The New Zealand Biodynamics Association describes it a a method of organic agriculture that can be applied to any farm, garden or horticultural enterprise by following a series of practical steps.

Ms McRostie said it was about using all the elements.

“This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to do a workshop.

“It’s a health science. It’s about a healthy Earth, healthy people and healthy living.”

The seed to table classes were also about to begin and were open to all levels of gardeners.

“It’s a 10-week course teaching the fundamentals of basic permaculture.”

She said it was satisfying and a basic life skill to be able to grow food.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people with no gardening experience.

“This is what the community gardens are about. First off, it’s an education hub – that’s our purpose for all gender, age and cultures.”

The community gardens are also about to dispatch seedlings to volunteer plots, the Harbour Heritage Garden, the Food Bank and school gardens.adFor more information go to waitakicommunitygardens.wordpress.com