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The Hobsonville Community Composting Hub is one of two pilot hubs being run in Auckland by the Compost Collective. The second one can be found at the EcoMatters Organic Teaching Garden in New Lynn. The idea behind them is to enable everyone to do their bit and compost, whether they have the physical garden space

The Papatoetoe Food Hub is a two year old community-driven initiative with the main aim of creating food sovereignty (the right of people to access healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods) amongst communities by sharing knowledge of reducing food waste. They have a café on-site and offer a wide

Kauri Park School on Auckland’s North Shore is tucked away on the side of a hill, amongst greenery and fields, with plenty of space for a large garden area and orchard brimming with produce. We had a chat to Maya, the driving force behind all the garden activities about the school’s composting journey.   Tell

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m Andrew, and I’ve been a member of the Kaipātiki Local Board for a year now, which has been a fun and steep learning curve for me. My background and career is social work, mainly in adult mental health and wellbeing. What composting methods do you use and how

Our facilitator Jennifer’s been creating a hugelkultur raised garden bed and sharing her journey with us along the way. Here’s her final blog post. Now that I finished my hugelkultur bed (yay!) I have reflected on what I learnt during the process and what in hindsight I might have done differently. Huge thank yous!  First,

It’s time for step 9 – mulching, as Jennifer builds a hugelkultur raised garden bed at her property. Step 9 – Adding mulch To protect the soil and the seedlings I chose to mulch my hugelkultur bed. I wanted something natural that would provide a protective cover for my soil and around my seedlings that

Jennifer’s up to step 8, adding soil and seedlings, in the process of creating a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 8 – Adding soil and seedlings Putting the soil on top of the hugelkultur bed was hard work. Possibly harder than digging the soil out in the first place. I needed to lift the

Here’s update seven from our facilitator Jennifer, who is creating a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 7 – Adding Compost I used about half a wheelbarrow of home made compost that had been maturing for more than a year. I sprinkled it on the top of the hugelkultur bed and let it fall down

Here’s the sixth update from our facilitator Jennifer, as she creates a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 6 – Adding Compostable Green and Brown Materials On top of the turf you can add whatever other compostable materials you have available. Ideally, include some green materials that have lots of nitrogen, are fresh, moist and

Here’s the fifth stage of our facilitator Jennifer’s progress as she creates a hugelkultur bed at her property. Step 5 – Adding the Turf I thought adding the turf would be easy and it was, but it was a little more fiddly than I expected! When I removed the turf I cut it roughly into