The origins of our community garden came because of community response to a march in 2008 ‘enough is enough’ due to a series of violent events in Flaxmere. As a result, the march led to community debrief where the community requested a community garden. “A way to come together and get to know each other”.
The other reason our community garden was selected is due to the passion of a past trustee of our Charitable Trust U-Turn Trust. The late Vicky Bostock was passionate about young children of Flaxmere having access to fresh fruit and vegetables. We also provide gardens in homes and gardens in schools. Recently we were given a one-off Hawkes Bay District Health Board funding for a dedicated Pasifica garden plot.
The objectives of the garden were to bring people together in a love of gardening, to create good fellowship as well as good vegetables, to encourage healthy eating and sustainability and also to show how easy it is to have free food available by choosing plants that grow well in our envrionment, without requiring significant maintenance.