The North East Valley Community Project Group asked for assistance from the Community Development team at Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works to establish a community garden in the North East Valley in 2010.
Family Works supplied a Community Worker to facilitate the process. Starting with a successful application for funding from Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) in 2010. With the help of a the Community Worker, interested locals met on a regular basis to get the Community garden established. The process included finding appropriate land, soil testing, obtaining the permission from the Board of Trustees and a Licence to Occupy from the Ministry of Education as the land is on a school ground and creating a steering group.
This was a great collaboration between residents, PSO, NEV School, Transition Valley 473, the Project Group and other organisations. The Community Worker assisted for two years and then stepped down because the garden was fully run the dedicated community volunteers. The volunteers have really made a special place for community members to learn skills, connect, share and feel belonging. Please visit the Community Gardens Website for more details. We are so pleased we were part of the process.