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Saturday, January 24, 2015



kane hogan said...

Nice one Robert.
Since my last post on our site I've nearly finished a years biointensive/urban gardening time with Kay Baxter In Koanga Institute.
Been hard but fruitful going from zero gardening knowledge to having this system under my belt as a base.

Ive got a job in chch coordinating Hand over a Hundy(the back yard food gardening mentorship program)

Also the link below is to a 'seed sovereignty song' and its salute to mother nature.
I think this song should be shared about, because of its merit in championing the cause against corporate interference in peoples use of natures gift- seed.

thanks :)

robertguyton said...

Hey, Kane - you've been busy! I know the Hand Over project very well - I hope it's continuing to do what it was conceived for. I've listened to your song and enjoyed that. I hope anyone reading here will listen also.

kane hogan said...

Great thanks Robert.
Yeah HOAH had ten people/familys this year in Wairoa.
Mostly well resourced people though.

Which got me wondering how to get to the other lower socio economic etc.

Id like to learn how to make a social business model that legitimises 'food gardeners' as 'service providers' to social services, much like care workers are paid to stop in on clients to check they have taken their med's etc. As you know, back yard food culture goes along way to healing any sense of redundancy, or despair invoked by dependance on the fluctuating economy that cares less.

I just got my first job as an urban gardener
In Hastings, the kindy and community gardens in Flaxmere (very low socio economic area)
at a childcare centre that feeds up to 120 kids morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea everyday for free.

They have a garden there that needs full planning and restart. They also have a big plot at the local community garden which they can use. Ideally they would want to feed the kids from this land and somehow plan to give a box of vege every week to each family.

They are working on bringing back whole real food to there community of parents, where the majority of them are on a benefit of some description, 2nd or 3 rd generation...and do not know how to cook or garden.

And it ok if i ask you a few questions here and there sometimes, cos I've got enough experience to know i don't know everything and when to ask an expert ;)
Cos on the ground out here coordinating things, its always nice to call upon other perspectives, as if we were in Hobbiton, and i called in for a cup of tea .



robertguyton said...

Interesting, Kane Yes, ask away, you are very welcome.