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Community gardening chance
Urban gatherer: Co-ordinator Sonya Sedgwick is looking for people to help the new Haumoana Community
Garden project take root.
Twelve urban gatherers are
being sought to stake their claim
in the new Haumoana Com-
munity Garden project.
The community garden is a
year-long project being delivered
by co-ordinators Sonya Sedgwick,
from Trees 4 Hawke s Bay, and
biodynamics consultant Marion
Koppenol. Sustaining Hawke s
Bay Trust and the Kete Ora Trust
are subsidising the costs of the
There are 12 nine-by-five-metre
vegetable plots available to be
rented at the garden, which will
be based at Trees 4 Hawke s Bay s
native plant nursery at Hau-
moana on Beach Rd.
Participants will learn skills for
starting up and maintaining
healthy, sustainable vegetable
gardens -- based on the biodyna-
mic principles of energising the
soil without the use of sprays --
which can then be transferred to
Sonya Sedgwick says she is
looking for urban gatherers --
people who want to grow their
own food rather than continue to
be reliant on the quality and price
offered by supermarkets for fresh
People can take charge of their
eating, their budgets and their
The hours you spend running
around sourcing food could be
transferred to the pleasant pas-
time of watching your beans grow
and making compost into a rich
life force , ready to create food for
your whanau, she says.
Gardening is also a great way
to de-stress away from the com-
puter, the internet, and the busy
demands of everyday life.
The community garden project,
which will run from August until
the end of June next year, consists
of 17 Saturday afternoon sessions
with biodynamic tutors, and six
public workshops with experi-
enced biodynamic farmers.
Costs for the full course pack-
age -- which includes the biodyna-
mic gardening course, all
workshops and the rental of a gar-
den plot -- are $160 per person.
Costs for people who want to
only do the gardening course and
attend the public workshops are
People can book their spot at the
Haumoana Community Gardens
from June 24 by calling Sonya
Sedgwick on 875 0050 or emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling
Marion Koppenol on 874 9064 or
closed for repair
By CLAIRE HAMLIN
There will be no walking access to the Cape
Kidnappers gannet colony until spring.
Due to major slips during storms in May, large
sections of the walkway to the gannet colony have
been covered in debris. The Conservation will
begin to repair these sections next month, as they
form the only access to the colony from the beach.
With 800mm of rain falling in a fairly short
time, some sections have been washed back to
bare papa rock, says DOC s programme manager
There is still the possibility of further slippage,
but we intend to begin repairs within the next
month, then leave it to rest until spring, in case
further rain causes more problems.
The damage in places is monumental, but it is
repairable and in some cases nature has actually
done us a favour, as we will be able to widen the
pathway in some areas.
The walkway is the only way that gannet tour
operators, using tractors along the beach, can get
to the iconic gannet colony.
Once it is stabilised, DOC will build a new
reinforced access, as it is a popular pathway for
locals as well as tourists.
Mr Barr says the gannet colony is in the top
three DOC visitor attractions in Hawke s Bay and
probably among the top 10 in the country.
The thing about the gannets is that they are
usually tolerant of people taking their photo from
only a metre away.
Added to that, they really are a very tenacious
and beautiful species, which is why everyone loves
them and their numbers keep rising, so it s a win-
win situation for all.
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