Together with North Avon Baptist Church, we turned a concrete monster of an alleyway and two courtyards into this abundant glory of edible greenery and lush soil!
The Delta Community Garden is open every Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm. Come and visit any time. We welcome volunteers who wish to help in the garden or just sit and enjoy company and peacefulness. Mary Tingey, the garden coordinator, is available to help you with any garden inquiries you may have.
We grow a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables: In summer our gardens are bursting with a salad feast which includes tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, spring onions, basil, strawberries, and raspberries. In winter some of our harvests include leeks, herbs, parsnips, pak choi, broccoli, silverbeet, and spinach.
The produce is used at the community meal, in the Food Store and given to volunteers. The salads at the community meal, which are made from freshly picked vegetables, bring bouquets of compliments to both the cooks and the gardeners.
Our garden won an award at the Shirley Papanui Edible Garden Awards for its variety and quality of vegetables.
The garden is a center for people to enjoy sharing seeds, cuttings, and knowledge. The garden now has ever increasing seed stocks which include heritage climbing beans.
During the year the following FREE courses are available.
Grow Your Own Free Lunch – On this course, you will learn introductory garden skills. The participants also harvest and cook their own lunch.
Bread Making and Gardening – On this course, you learn how to make your own bread as well as introductory gardening skills while the bread rises.
Mary teaches vegetable gardening at both Shirley Intermediate and Richmond School.
A new garden is being developed at Churchill Park on Guild St. The garden aims to be a neighborhood veggie haven for the people of Richmond.