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Ōtākaro Orchard

The Ōtākaro Orchard is a collaboration of over 50 organizations to create a hub for local food in the heart of Christchurch. This is manifesting in a 1/2 acre public food forest, cafe, and new headquarters for the Food Resilience Network at 227 Cambridge Terrace, on the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River. The only community-led anchor project of the Christchurch rebuild, Ōtākaro Orchard is a rare example of a grassroots vision backed by local & national government, and the private sector. The primary purpose of the site is to form an anchor for the multitude of local food projects around the city and to be an exemplar of what's possible for Christchurch in local food, sustainable design, & and civic stewardship in the coming decades. 

Summary

● over 1M raised from 550 Cantabrians & 8 Organizations

● 300K in-kind for 40 businesses

● 280+ volunteers

● Full completion in 2019

Public Food Forest

● Producing 1,000kg / year

● Organically managed

● Open-Harvest for public use

Garden Landscape

● Gabion Amphitheatre

● Permeable Pathways

● Solarium / Outdoor Classroom

Cafe & Information Centre

● Living Building 180-person capacity

● Small & Large venue spaces

● HQ for Food Resilience Network

● Social Enterprise Cafe

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