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Project grows skilled workers
Digging in: Garden workers, from left: Daryn Grimes, Carlos Tikena, Jeremy Komene, Kelly Blithe, Edward Peachey, Scott Grimes
with dog Poppy and Hayden Bain tend to a row of cabbages at the community garden.
By DENISE PIPER
A new community garden is growing
not only vegetables but skilled young
men and women.
The Salvation Army garden, based
at Maunu, grows fresh produce for the
organisation s foodbank.
It gets funding from Work and
Income s Community Max Scheme,
providing wages for 12 workers and
two supervisors for six months.
The programme is an excellent
opportunity for young people who
would otherwise be on the unemploy-
ment benefit, project supervisor
Bronwynne Jenkins says.
A whole range of produce from bras-
sicas to potatoes, bananas to tomatoes,
are being grown on site.
As well as gardening, the workers
are learning skills like carpentry and
path laying, plus they get training for
things like driver s licences and forklift
operating, Bronwynne says.
It s educational but it s a great lot of
She says many of the young workers
are also developing important leader-
Garden worker Jeremy Komene, 20,
says he loves the project.
Just the opportunity that the Sal-
vation Army has given us; just believ-
ing in us and giving us some hope to
get off the unemployment benefit, he
Bronwynne says while Community
Max has covered the cost of wages,
there has been little funding for any-
What these guys have been able to
achieve here with no funding is abso-
lutely awesome, she says.
The Whangarei District Council has
provided the site next to the cemetery
at a peppercorn rental.
The site was formerly used for horti-
culture training, with some sheds and
a few basic garden tools on site.
A $2000 grant from Te Puni Kokiri
helped buy some tools and equipment
including a rotary hoe.
Businesses have also got behind the
garden, like Kericell Nursery donating
leftover seedlings, Tyre Power donat-
ing tyres for raised gardens and
Rosvall ITM donating timber.
A number eight wire-mentality has
also helped, garden supervisor Wendy
Everything we ve needed has
turned up eventually, Wendy says.
In the meantime we have to use the
three things God gave us -- our brain
and our two hands.
Bronwynne is hopeful of securing
more funding so the project can con-
tinue once the Community Max
funding runs out.
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