Women of sustenance
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Women of sustenance

What do you do when your passions are photography, food and the environment? If you’re Sophie Merkens you quit your job, buy a van and set off on a road trip around Aotearoa to interview and photograph 35 inspiring wāhine growers and gatherers. Then you turn it into a beautiful book. We chatted to Sophie about her inspiration behind this project and get a sneak peek at some of the incredible women featured in it. 

Keep it growing
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Keep it growing

As we head into the cooler months, there couldn’t be a clearer warning of what can happen if we neglect our autumn māra tasks. So, while it’s tempting to wind down the edible beds at the end of summer, try sowing and growing all over again for months of bountiful harvest at a time when store-bought veges are commanding a premium price.  

Grandad’s potted garden
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Grandad’s potted garden

Nathan Shiu has created an oasis of plenty in his steeply sloping garden on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, including many Asian vegetables not seen in most back yards. This grandad has hit upon a great model to make gardening easier for older people while also supporting the health of the younger generation. Dee Pignéguy pays a visit to find out more.

Worms at your service
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Worms at your service

Anyone can be a farmer! Worm farming is a great way process your food scraps in a small contained space, and create garden fertiliser more quickly than a normal compost heap. Here are some tips from the Compost Collective. The content below is available with a print or online reader subscription The following content is…

Empowering beginner gardeners
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Empowering beginner gardeners

For many years Lily White and Ami Kennedy of the Germinate Collective have worked with adults and children, teaching gardening skills and empowering people to become successful organic food growers.   Here they tell their story to Philippa Jamieson, and share an extract from their new resource, The Germinate Workbook, designed for learner gardeners, teachers and facilitators.   We hope you enjoy this free article from Organic NZ. Sign up now…