the many ways to join in the City bee collaboration
Learn how to become a Biological Gardener at Griffith’s Gardens, our inner city biology-first teaching hub, at 42 Wellesley Street West. Drop in for 5 minutes or two hours at 12-2pm every Thursday. You will get some great gardening tips and seasonal advice to create your pollinator friendly garden.
Taught by Anna Dadson, a passionate grower with many years of experience in permaculture design, ecological restoration and nursery work. Sarah Smuts-Kennedy also teaches on occasion - she is an experienced Biodynamic gardener, having grown her own food at Maunga Kereru for the past 7 years.
Whole Day of Organic Learning
Come along to Griffith’s Gardens between 11-4pm on the first Thursday of every month. Group bookings are welcomed as a team building exercise: book us for a 45 minute - 1 hour session for between 5-15 people by emailing SarahSmutsKennedy@gmail.com
If you have ever wanted to get Green Fingers, or you are intrigued at how you could give up chemical supports and become truly organic… then we would love you to come and use our resources and let us teach you.
Our wonderful collaborators will occasionally run workshops at Griffith's Gardens - including The Compost Collective and Gardens4Health.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook events for the next one.
Our Free Bee School
Be you a beginner beekeeper, hobbyist, or bee enthusiast, we welcome you to open your heart and mind to the incredible world of bees at our natural beekeeping class on the first Sunday of every month at our Victoria Park beehives, from 10-12pm. We all meet at Campbell Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park. Learn in a way that puts bee colony health first from a highly experienced urban beekeeper. Classes are kindly sponsored by Ceracell, and supported by BeezThingz and BuzzTech.
This years last class is on the 3rd of December. Classes for 2018 will resume on the 4th of February.
Seasonal Biking Bee Adventures
Hop on your bike and come with us to explore our city together from a bee-eyes perspective. On these adventures we learn as we go and get our hands dirty, contributing to each site in order to leave them more bee friendlier than we found them.
Fun for all ages, we stick to protected lanes as much as possible in our routes. Keep an eye out on our Facebook events for the next one.
The Highwic Project
For the Love of Bees has pulled together many groups to transform Highwic into our very first inner city Organic Park. Transitioning to organic weed control processes such as Hot Grass, will eliminate chemicals that harm biological systems - including humans, microbes and bees. You can be a part of this transformation by coming to the various workshops that will be held there.
Highwic is just the beginning of our Organic Parks project. If you are keen to help drive the movement towards an Organic Auckland email SarahSmutsKennedy@gmail.com
O.M.G - Organic Market Garden
For the Love of Bees, Kai Auckland, Phantom Billstickers, Stone Soup Syndicate and The Gecko Trust are together creating the first inner city organic market garden at 257 Symonds Street. It will be an open classroom that will allow the community to observe food being grown for humans that does not use any systems that harm bees or microbes, that restores ecosystems and captures carbon. We welcome you to participate and help this garden become a true beacon of sustainability that inspires many.
Become a watering volunteer
We have a number of seedlings in our greenhouse at Griffith's Gardens that need watering. Our watering volunteers play a crucial role, ensuring we have plants to teach with and to give away to people who want to join the collaboration. We especially need your help over the summer. Please email SarahSmutsKennedy@gmail.com to offer your help - be it once a week for a couple weeks or something more long term.
Create a Pasture Painting
A Pasture Painting is a tool that provides plenty of beautiful and safe food for pollinators year round - no digging required. It incorporates geometries, colour, duration, orientation and biology, which results in a planting that is visually striking, easy to mow around and encompassing of the needs of pollinators. Click here to learn more and to find a How-To sheet you can download.
Your own personal project
We encourage you to identify your own skill set or community and invent a project to contribute to the city’s transformation. Could your club, class, flat, workplace or church transform a patch of your space to support pollinators? Could you write an article, make a piece of art, start a shared organic garden or build a pollinator hotel? The possibilities are endless. We are here to bounce ideas around and to help you make your vision a reality.