About the Community Gardens - Community Garden - Sustainability - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

About the Community Gardens

Community gardens are common in cities all over the world. They provide a shared space for communities to work together to grow produce and learn new skills. They benefit individuals by giving people access to fresh, organic produce, by promoting physical activity, and by stimulating learning and adding to a person’s knowledge and expertise. Community gardens also have social benefits through promoting community interaction, providing a venue to meet new people and building a sense of community. The campus community gardens are part of about a dozen community gardens in Christchurch.

Vision and Mission Statement

The vision of UC's community gardens is "To create an attractive, living campus that is transitioning into a resilient, edible biophilic landscape".

The mission of UC's community gardens is "To nurture a community of people who grow and share food, and use their knowledge to influence campus design and policy".

UC Community Gardens Operational Guidelines

UC Community gardens have some simple operational guidelines which help to keep the gardens a safe, welcoming place to visit and work.

Growing Methods

Okeover Community Garden utilises permaculture and organic growing methods. This means food production in the garden is becoming more sustainable – no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used, and there is an emphasis on creating a self-supporting ecosystem and using natural processes. This produces healthier food and is better for the environment.

More about Organics and Permaculture

Benefits of Community Gardens

Growing your own food is also better than buying it. It reduces the environmental costs associated with transportation and storage, and food will also be fresher and tastier. There is also the satisfaction you get from growing your own produce.

By participating in the community garden you also have a chance to learn about sustainable gardening techniques which you can apply in your own garden at home.

The community garden is an excellent place to put sustainable theory into practice. You learn by doing, and have fun and meet new people at the same time. As an added bonus, you can take your share of the fresh produce harvested that day!

About Okeover Community Garden

The Okeover Community Garden was established as an informal recreation and learning space for students, staff and anyone else associated with the University. All interested people can come along and help out in the garden, learn new skills and meet new people. The entrance to Okeover Community Garden entrance is via the walking path from Engineering Road beside Okeover Stream. Follow the sign for 'Cleaning Services'.

Okeover community garden has a cob oven! The oven is fired up for special occasions. If you would like to use the oven for a special event please contact the Sustainability Office. Using the oven is both an art and a science - download these instructions (PDF 1MG) to find out how.

About Dovedale Community Garden

Dovedale Community Garden is currently being used by Okeover community gardeners as a satellite garden to grow staple crops.

Entrance to Dovedale Community Garden is via the road from Solway Avenue if you are coming from off campus. Follow the road as per the map and turn left where you will find a gateway to enter the garden straight ahead. See a larger map.

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