We have been fortunate to be a participant of Transpower community Grants Programme, along with Albany Primary School. The approved joint-grant will enable a heritage garden including pergola to be built at the Primary School along with our community garden or (the Allotment) as we are planning on calling it.

The notion of allotments in England stems to Anglo-Saxon times and were made available after the First World War, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men. They became part of the landscape in Britain and have recently shown a resurgence.

Current trends and thinking has led people to embrace the benefits of connecting to the land and in experiencing home-grown food, which costs less and is better for us.

Here in Aotearoa Maori traditionally followed practices when they were hunting, fishing, growing or finding food. These helped them to care for the environment…

They included:

*temporary bans (rāhui) on taking food from an area

*using the lunar calendar (maramataka) to decide when to plant and harvest taking only what was needed in the harvesting of food.

These are ideas which we want to consider and explore as we continue to develop our community gardens here at Albany Kindergarten and great things for our tamariki to explore. We love to use produce from our gardens in cooking and baking experiences here at kindergarten.

Brustics recently installed the macrocarpa boxes and as a result we were able to get the planting under way.

For several months now the children have been tending to seedlings that they have planted here at kindergarten.

Thank you to all the wonderful whanau who joined us on our recent inaugural Community garden planting day.To the families who donated plants or came to help on the day we are very grateful. A big thank you to Mitre 10 Mega Albany and Rukeya Isaacs( Marketing Co-ordinator) for donating an extensive array of plants.

We do hope that you will be able to sample the produce of this initiative during the upcoming summer months and if you are passing by come weed, water and harvest.

Kaiako Fran.