It's been a year of progress and partnerships in Lyttelton Community garden. Amazing new raised garden beds were built with a donation of port timbers from Lyttelton Port Company and funding from the Lyttelton and Mt Herbert Community Board.
We had an amazing day when we were joined by Willie and his helpers from South City Community garden who worked so hard with us to fill the raised beds with a huge trailer load of organic compost kindly donated by Living Earth as the process and excitement of building new soil to grow our future produce begins.
Wicking beds were built after our visit to Greening the Rubble in the glass house and we have had a successful trial during the summer months with the plants enjoying water even on the hottest days and with the addition of a new working bench and relaying of our beautiful mosaic path our glass house is ready to grow again.
We harvested our first crops from our new beds with heaps of potatoes and from the back of the garden we harvested over 50 gourds that were ably decorated at a Gourd decorating class held as part of the first Creative Sampler event.
Lyttelton Community has been lucky to have the interim use of a large piece of vacant land where the Empire Hotel and Pharmacy used to stand. This area was known in the past as Collett's Corner, after the chemist J. B. Collett, whose descendants still live in the area.
The current owner, Camia Young, is the founder of XCHC (Exchange Christchurch) in Waltham, described as “a place to cultivate a creative ecology by supporting people to develop their creative self." Her dream for the site is to create a building with the local community. This will be different then other developments: instead of relying on private property developers and the Council to build the town centre, this will be an opportunity for people to be directly involved in creating and investing in a building they want. It will be a multi-use building where local people will have the opportunity to invest in their town centre’s commercial real estate at the same time as have a say in what is built. The aim is to create buildings in our local centres that respond to long term visions of what kind of places we want to live in and what kind of places we want to create for our children. The community will be invited to conversations starting sometime in the next year.
In the interim period before Camia's development can begin, she has offered for Project Lyttelton to facilitate the community's use of the site.
A new ethical bag is now available at the Lyttelton Farmers Market. Beautifully designed by Steven Junil Park, the bag is made by New Zealand company Freeset. Here is their story:
For hundreds of women who were trapped in India's sex trade, working forFreeset brings freedom from a life that robbed them of dignity and hope.
Freeset is in the business of restoring what has been stolen. Women are given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in a caring community. Making this product is part of a woman's journey to freedom. To her friends and neighbours among the thousands still trapped in porstitution, she is a symbol of hope.
The bags are available for $25 each. By buying reusable bags, you not only support the work of Freeset and the Lyttelton Farmers Market, you are also reducing waste and setting an example by saying no to single-use plastic bags in our community.