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Organic Market Garden

A collaboration between For the Love of Bees, Kai Auckland, Stonesoup Syndicate, Gecko Trust, and Phantom Billstickers. Supported by the City Rail Link. 

AUCKLAND'S FIRST INNER CITY ORGANIC MARKET GARDEN & TEACHING HUB

 

The OMG aim is to break the myth that industrialised food production is the only way, through transforming the current Symonds Street Junction Community Garden into an abundant Organic Market Garden (OMG). Inspired by sustainability and wellness, the OMG will be a living example of the role of urban farming in achieving a sustainable and regenerative food system for Auckland. We wish to inspire local residents, businesses and communities in the uptown neighbourhood to learn new concepts and gain practical skills, on how to grow nutrient dense food by using organic and biodynamic principles, in an open access teaching hub.  

Guided by the principles of Kaitiakitanga, the OMG will demonstrate a sustainable social enterprise model by providing a space of inspiration, healing and knowledge exchange in a hub of sustainable living practice.

Read our proposal below. It is still in development and we welcome everyone's input and ideas! Email your thoughts to Kaiauckland@gmail.comSarahSmutsKennedy@gmail.com

 

Overall it is great to see a proposal to re-engage the community back into the space. It is a brave step forward to developing a social entrepreneurship programme - all power to you.
— Rob Thomas, Waitemata Local Board Member

Latest May Update

Our wonderful team of collaborators have been busily preparing the groundwork for the Organic Market Garden. A small group of us came together on a typically unpredictable Autumn day in Auckland to finish tidying the site and hear the passionate Allen Gorthy share his knowledge on biodynamics. Jonty and the team at Pitch Studio have created a logo and are working on the website and a new collaboration is underway with the uptown business association to co-design the current road frontage into a pocket park, which offers a sanctuary for both pollinators and people! Watch this space for some concepts coming soon.

Unfortunately, April has also brought some funding setbacks for the project, which has impacted on the hardscaping due to begin. While the team is currently reviewing the funding strategy and identifying alternatives, we would love to connect with those of you that may have previous fundraising, sponsorship, marketing or crowdfunding expertise to share. Get in touch sarah@sarahsmutskennedy.com


I am very excited for the prospect of OMG.
I think the project will be fantastic run under ‘For the love of bees’, with Sarah at the helm, knowing what her attitude, dogged determination and huge knowledge-base/skillset will bring.
— Fergus Were
I cannot wait to get to see it all literally come to LIFE! This is so badly needed!
I will definitely be working with you guys to combat waste and promote the growing of healthy biodynamic foods.
My cafe is a stones throw away on Grafton road. We go through tonnes and tonnes of fresh produce every year. The quality of what is out there is very questionable.
My staff and I cannot wait to start using your top quality produce and get involved helping out with the garden project going forward
— Mark from Welcome Eatery

The OMG is at 257 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace


As one of the owners of an inner-city restaurant that prides itself on sharing local produce with our diners, I am committed to supporting this project that aims to bring fresh, biodynamic ingredients to the market.

Projects like this are responding to the genuine demand for sustainable, ethically-grown produce that our industry needs. After a site tour and introduction from the team behind this project, I am excited to see the passion and knowledge they will bring to the community.
— Laura Verner, Pasture
I personally believe that having more spaces like this in our city and communities has a vital role in bringing that connection to where and how organic food is grown. And the passing down of information whether it’s to children or elderly, students of working professionals, cooks or cleaners.

I also think it’s great that Yotam and Niva are right behind this particular movement, having someone who is currently practicing this style of growing is key to the productivity and longevity, I have been working with them from when they first started in Thames.

I would love to be involved anyway possible and i’m sure my team will too.
— Tom Hishon, Orphans Kitchen