People eat Fresh!
So, I am looking for a little help. Those that know me will know I am a huge fan of community empowerment. Communities taking charge of their destiny, with organisations like the Far North District Council coming alongside to support.
A few months back, I decided I needed to do some doing and support a couple of projects personally (i.e. not ‘council’ projects). The main drivers were to do something that helps grow community spirit. I also wanted to look back at the end of the year and feel like I had actually achieved something that I could physically see. So, I put the call out for community ideas to support. I received about 95 individual ideas – very encouraging! It was then the hard task of choosing one (there was some criteria, including being able to achieve the goal this year.) The outcome was that three were chosen.
Two of the projects involve fruit. I am currently supporting Danielle Dawson in Kerikeri who is keen to take the rejected fruit from commercial orchards and get this distributed into our schools. I really love this idea for two reasons. First, it will help address the wastage of good fruit that is not ‘sellable/exportable’. Two, it promotes healthy minds and healthy bodies, by providing young people, whose families are on tight budgets, with nutrients and energy to help them get through the day. Initial investigations are progressing well and we hope to see some action within the next few months.
The second project is planting fruit trees and vines in public places. This idea was suggested by Chrystal Popata from Kaitaia. Many of us remember as children being able to pick fruit along the side of the road as we were heading to school. Or, in my case, riding over Constitution Hill in Russell, to pick grapes growing wild on the side of the road. It was quite the hike!
The aim of ‘People Eat Fresh’ is to reintroduce this concept in strategic locations across the Far North. And this is where I need some help. Firstly, we will need communities/people to identify where they might like some trees planted. I’m keen to be a little strategic on this one, because to manage it going forward we need to ensure the trees are in appropriate places and not scattered all over the place. Secondly, we need volunteers to help plant them, and thirdly (and quite importantly) people to look after them as they grow and hopefully prosper. I am thinking there will be retired people, schools and hopefully some organisations that work in this field that are open to taking this on.
Oh and I am looking to raise some cash to help pay for the trees… If you have ideas, locations, offers of help, then please email me at email@example.com with your thoughts. I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty, alongside our communities, on this one.
Tui Te Paa
4/26/2018 08:15:41 am
We’d love to see some fruit trees planted in Ahipara. Our kids are very active outdoors up here and regularly cruise the village and foreshore before and after school and during the holidays. Plenty of tourists and visitors here all year. Happy to help plant and organise out here. Please contact me in due course :)
4/26/2018 01:14:37 pm
I support both causes and am always keeping at eye out for public access fruit around the area. There is so much food around! Would love to work with experts to grow fruit trees, learning while helping. I share my fruit with kids walking our country rd from school, or going to the local swimming hole. Trees would def. be beneficial down mangakahia rd, Kaikohe. I have land to start a seedling, greenhouse and raise them for the future. Onsite, I could care for them until ready to plant. Could also double for cycle track, which goes thru my whanau land. So much potential for trees along the track. Cherry blossum sections, Native of course, purple Jacaranda tree sections.., So much land either side of the tracks doing nothing. Bicyclists, visitors and locals would love to stop at the"Putiputi Peach grove" or the "Pioneer Plubs".. picnic tables and a cool shaded tree, eating fresh natures fruit. Would be very popular, with photos and memories planted for generations. Keen! willi
4/26/2018 10:19:41 pm
Mangakahia Rd, Lindvart Park sounds like a great idea with the close proximity to several schools who could partner and take care of the trees as part of their curriculum. Also talk to Northland College, with their Trades department and whenua, maybe scope to partner on a community project. Both these ideas link oranga, kura, matauranga, community, sport etc.. Even link in with organisations to also preserve fruit, teach cooking of desserts and other uses for fruit.. There are several organisations in Kaikohe that could do this as a learning project.
4/26/2018 10:26:37 pm
And actually bro, the cycle way is a great idea... I have spent extensive times cycling it and it would be absolutely brilliant and so healthy to be able to enjoy fruit as you enjoy and experience the cycle way. I can only imagine that this would make tourists experience of our cycle way an amazingly welcome one... manaakitangi hard!!
4/26/2018 04:54:05 pm
I wonder if the land between the Sailing Club and Resort in Taipa could be an option. Have to think about trees near the sea though...
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