Community garden a winner

18:45, Oct 16 2012
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New gardeners Narnia Apiata with her son Seth, 9, look forward to eating their own home grown vegetables in a few months.

Growing your own vegetables is the key to beating the rising cost of food prices, a gardening guru helping Southland families start their own veggie patch says.

Ten Southland families would benefit from the generosity of expert gardeners when Hand Over a Hundy Southland planted its first seedlings today in  Invercargill.

Hand Over a Hundy Southland co-ordinator, Murray Christensen, said the aim was to start small and grow the project over a few years to ensure that more and more Southland families could benefit. 

The challenge was for families to grow enough food for themselves, and either save or generate $100 to get another family started next year, he said.

''With food prices on the rise, growing vegetables is a practical and nutritious solution for young families to help make ends meet and gain knowledge in the process.''

Finding families to participate and donors to contribute $100 amounts had not been too difficult, Mr Christensen said.


But there was a real need for people to donate time or tools for the next phase of the project.

Invercargill resident Narnia Apiata and her family planted their first crop of vegetables as part of the project in their backyard today.

''I've tried gardening before but I think I need a hand to really make a success of it,'' she said.

Sponsor and mentor Abbey Todd said the project was a great way to help families become self-sustainable and get youngsters back into gardening.

All 10 gardens would be created by the end of October with the mentoring set to continue through the summer and 2013.

The Southland Times