Grow your Own Buy Local what's in your backyard?

By regenerating the skills we need to grow our own food, we increase our resilience as a population.

The benefits of having your own garden are exponential, our health and our connection to the earth are enhanced.

Your garden provides you with nourishing, nutrient dense foods and allows the local insect life a haven aswell.

Why not investigate having a beehive and upskill to care for them?

Foraging can provide massive amounts of produce and you are accessing massive nourishment, for free.

The nutrition from Puha and watercress is substantial, choose your source well.

The ngahere is abundant with nutrition. Always forage respectfully, work with nature and only take what you need.

Access local knowledge on what to pick and how to prepare such nutrient dense morsels.

Mineral rich seaweeds are readily available to forage and easy to prepare.

A typical meal bought from a supermarket uses 4-17 times MORE PETROLEUM for transport than the same meal using local ingredients.

Towns, villages and cities the world over, still have farmers markets where local growers sell their produce.

Buying locally sourced, low mileage food, not only makes carbon sense - it puts money into our local economy.

Supporting local growers and buying at Farmers markets is great for community cohesion.

Buy local and in-season foods that haven't travelled long distances to reach you

Have you visited your local community garden initiative?

Check out community gardens and social enterprises such as Good Neighbour and Kai Rotorua.

What about Food Forests?

A food forest can take up a local park or be as small as an urban backyard, but the combination of fruit trees, berries, vines and vegetables, can create a resilient, self-sufficient garden that will feed your local community, all year-round.

Adopt a park, make productive use of a public space and plant fruit and native trees!

A regenerative model of a Food Forest can have a banana jungle, vege plots, bees, and plentiful fruit trees.

How can we use our public green spaces to provide nourishing places for communities, aswell as producing food? have a conversation with your local MP!

Keeping our gardens free of chemicals enriches our health, and makes for robust plants. Nature creates everything it needs. Developing your soil, composting, companion planting, recognising the range of pollinators, beneficial 'weeds' and how to encourage them, are a few keys to generating beautiful food from your own garden.

Producing zero waste is a goal that compliments growing your own food, foraging and sourcing your food locally.

Support the many local businesses who have joined the Zero Waste movement!

Once you start, you develop confidence to learn and grow yourself!

Homegrown and homemade basil pesto, strawberry or plum jam! Sauerkraut from your homegrown cabages, preserved peaches! Such goodness and all possible.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Created By
Envirohub BOP


Created with images by Markus Spiske - "Support yourself – Urban Gardening – self-supply – self-sufficiency" • Jenna Lee - "Bee on lavender" • Damien TUPINIER - "I took the time to freeze the time of these workers. These bees who work hard to bring back kilos of honey." • Mehrad Vosoughi - "untitled image" • Ashley Winkler - "Farmers‘ Market" • Eugene Zhyvchik - "untitled image" • Deniz Altindas - "untitled image" • Anna Kaminova - "Vegetables at Marche Provencal" • Kenan Kitchen - "untitled image" • Alex Escu - "untitled image" • Enrapture Captivating Media - "Candie Cardens in St. Peter Port, Guernsey" • Vince Lee - "Fresh organic heirloom tomatoes straight from the farmers market" • Markus Spiske - "Urban Gardening – Homegrown Basil Herb. Made with Canon 5d Mark III and Meyer Optik Görlitz Primoplan 1.9 / 75mm" • Farsai Chaikulngamdee - "untitled image" • Ian Baldwin - "Ripe peaches on a tree" • Elias Morr - "Grow your own organic food container gardening" • Clint McKoy - "I took this photo while strolling through an organic garden one evening at sunset. I'm passionate about fresh, organic food and what it does for us and the environment. Not only is organic better for us and our planet, it's also more beautiful. I believe this photo brings out some of that beauty."