Point Chevalier improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) plans to make it safer and more accessible for people to walk and ride a bike along Point Chevalier Road, Meola Road and part of Garnet Road as well as improve public transport connections. Please see the latest update to the Point Chevalier improvements project here.

Dignan Street Community Garden

Here is the July events calendar so you can put things in your diary, very excited that on Sunday 26th we’ll fire up the pizza oven again for a winter lunch share kai 1-2 (weather dependent) after we’ve done some mahi at our monthly working bee 11-1pm. 

Learning opportunities 

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Garden Events

Growing Point “Cooking With Compost” workshop

Wednesday 24th June 12.30 – 1pm
Dignan Street Community Garden
25 Dignan Street Point Chevalier

If you missed out last week or loved it and want some more, Sue Rajaguru will demonstrate how to make delicious dishes from plants that are typically overlooked or destined to be composted but in fact have high value for cooking. She will share her knowledge passed down from her Grandmother explaining how we often mistake plants for weeds that are actually superfoods if prepared correctly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1115658802132941/

Sunday 28th June 11am – 1pm
Dignan Street Community Garden
25 Dignan Street Point Chevalier

Everyone is welcome to join in our monthly working bee, there is always plenty to do in the garden. Meet new people, learn some gardening tips and enjoy nature’s wonders.

https://www.facebook.com/events/290190255505488/

Cooking with Compost

Growing Point is happy to offer our first workshop at Dignan Street Community Garden since March. Sue Rajaguru will demonstrate how to make delicious dishes from plants that are typically destined to be composted but in fact have high value for cooking. She will share her knowledge passed down from her Grandmother explaining how we often mistake plants for weeds that are actually superfoods if prepared correctly. 

Wednesday 17th and 24th, 12.30- 1pm at 25 Dignan Street, Point Chevalier.

For more information please see here.

Please click on the pictures below to get a better resolution:

Community Garden News

We are opening up again and the garden needs some community love after being shut down. Everyone is welcome to the Monthly working bee this Sunday 31 May 11-1pm. Bring your own gloves and respect social distancing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1158752637804965/

As part of the Regenerate now Farmers in the field program Growing Point did a very interesting mentoring session with three mentors, who gave us very valuable feedback on our soil test:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-OR8Tui2sLKMzcFWMP3uQ

We also did an Instagram take over posting a video every day for a week. You can see Ellen do a history of the site and a walk around introduction and Ange on how and why to make protozoa tea and poly cropping with high density planting and bio diversity:

https://www.instagram.com/regenerate.now/

Recycling tips

Here are some tips for recycling from a recent article on stuff – please recycle mindfully.

Reduce. It’s energy-intensive to recycle something, so it’s best to say no to recyclable materials if you don’t need them. For example, you could refuse a paper bag or put a no junk mail sign on your letterbox.

Clean. Leftover and spoiled food, drink or cosmetics in containers can leak through and send a whole load of recycling to the dump. Give all items a quick rinse before placing them in your recycling bag or bin.

Toss small items. Even if made from recyclable materials, tiny things such bread tags and paper scraps can’t be recycled, but they can jam sorting machines. Anything smaller than the palm of your hand is better off in the trash.

Don’t “wishcycle. If you’re unsure if something is recyclable, check your council website or give them a call. Don’t simply toss it in the recycling bin.

Dignan Street Community Garden – March 2020

Garden events coming up for TTPC – finally the refurbished pizza oven is up and running 🍕😋

March 13th and 20th Shared Kai Friday 5-7pm

A Growing Point, shared kai at Dignan Street Community Garden. Come along and enjoy the garden, bring friends and whānau and some kai to share or koha towards the firewood. The Pizza oven will get fired up about 6pm. We’re a zero waste event so bring all you need to eat and drink with and take it all away, unless we can compost it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/200882787629784/

March 18th 12.30- 1.30pm (runs after next weds gardening group)

Analysis and improvement of your soil workshop

A Growing Point workshop run by Ange Fleming, a molecular biologist hosted at Dignan Street Community Garden. Ange will take you through some easy steps to analyse your own soil and offer ways to improve it. Please bring along a jar half full of your own soil. Free for garden members and a koha for others.

https://www.facebook.com/events/514420846166644/

Garden events

The community garden got a grant from Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund (WMIF), which means we can expand our capacity. We have called the social enterprise, Growing Point and our Kaupapa is Growing soil, food and community.

We do a shared kai at the garden every Friday night during daylight saving. We also have the BBQ going from 6pm and when the pizza oven refurbishment is finished (hopefully not too far away), we’ll do pizzas. We are running 3 workshops a month and all the events are on our calendar.

Update 05 February:

Seed Saving Workshop
at 
Dignan Street Community Garden
Friday 7th Feb, 4-5pm
25 Dignan Street

Ellen is running a fun Growing Point Workshop that shows you how to save your seeds, what and when to harvest, and how to plan succession planting. If you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener there will be something to learn for everyone. The workshop is free, but if you’d like to take some seeds home they will be $5 each person. It’s a zero waste event so bring your own small bags or envelopes. Everyone is welcome to stay on for the shared kai that we have every Friday night 5- 7.

More information on Facebook and Neighbourly.