Richard Main, project manager of Gardens4Health and Diabetes Projects Trust, was born Oamaru, Otago and has been gardening since he was five years old. His earliest work experience was harvesting potatoes on Mr Ng’s market garden in North Otago.
Richard has been a garden centre supervisor and landscaper, a gardener to the wealthy in London, a Field Service Officer with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, a horticulture researcher, tutor, technician and lecturer at Unitec, the manager of Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary that he founded, a primary school teacher, train driver, soil tester, and a Project Manager at Counties Manukau District Health Board for Gardening For Health And Sustainability. He also worked in the first Auckland environmental centre in 1981.
Richard is now a community education garden tutor with Gardens4Health.
Gardens4Health is an Auckland-wide Ministry of Health funded initiative that supports the establishment of sustainable community gardens, increasing physical activity, growing organic food and improving health to mitigate and avoid lifestyle diseases including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular issues.
We are thrilled to be hosting him at Griffith's Gardens for a series of organic gardening workshops.