Teaching Gardens


Wednesday afternoons in the teaching garden

Our Teaching Garden hosts drop-in sessions every two weeks with our teaching garden coordinator, Aida. Come along and join us Wednesday’s 3.30pm. Email first to check which Wednesday is open. Hannah.hunter@whst.org.nz

We are proud to present a series of Teaching Garden workshops designed to help you take the next step towards growing your own kai. All sessions are free of charge and run by Anna Dadson of Abundant Landscape Design.


Workshop 1: Grow plants for free

Date: Sat 2nd April 2022

Explore the opportunities around you for expanding your garden with plants taken from cuttings.

Bring secateurs if you can, freshly cut plant material to share, gloves, notebook and pen.

Venue: Kaeo Union Church

Workshop 2: Seed saving

Date: Sat 9th April 2022

Discover the joy of harvesting, processing and storing your own seeds. We invite you to bring seeds to share. Together we are resilient.

Venue: Kaeo Union Church

Workshop 3: Ferments for health

Date: Sat 23rd April 2022

Learn how to make delicious Sauerkraut.

This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring: apron, two medium-sized jars with lids, your own hand towel, koha for ingredients.

Note: Please attend only if you are feeling well. Please RSVP.

Venue: Kaeo Union Church

Workshop 4: Introduction to Syntropic Farming Principles and how you can apply them in establishing a Kai Forest

Date:  Sat 7th May 2022

This is a great opportunity to meet others and explore collective resources and how we can strengthen syntropic networks within northland.

Venue: 2574 Waiare Road, Kaeo

Workshop 5: Introduction to Permaculture Design

Date: Sat 14th May 2022

During this session, you will learn what the principles are, how to assess and site and begin the design process. We will be using the host’s property as a prototype for learning.

Venue: 2574 Waiare Road, Kaeo

Workshop 6: Building Scrumptious Soil

Date: Sat 28th May 2022

Learn some strategies to turn difficult soil into brown gold.

Venue: 2574 Waiare Road, Kaeo

Bookings are appreciated please email rachel@whst.org.nz

About the garden

Our community teaching garden was lying dormant for three years until 2020 when the trust redeveloped the once thriving garden to boost food security and economic development for our community. We know that by supporting Whangaroa’s local food production we can help develop skills that can boost income and self-sufficiency. Together with our community we have co-created a garden and orchard that is attractive, well maintained garden and orchard. Our aim is to make it easy for people to access healthy, local kai. We utilise the space as a teaching garden, promoting how to save money and become environmentally sustainable. The garden’s benefits are far reaching; our elder care home enjoy the harvest of fresh veggies, whanau learn how to grow, volunteers offer time in return for produce and we even help fill food parcels.

Get gardening

Whether your motivation is getting your hands on fresh veg, learning new skills, making friends or getting active, you are welcome to join us. 

Current gardening opportunities:

We hold fortnightly teaching garden drop-in sessions on Wednesdays at 3.30pm

Families: We are always looking for families to get involved. If you are only available in the afternoon we can work with that, get in touch.

If you would like to get involved email rachel@whst.org.nz

Garden supporters

Our garden was made possible with thanks to support from some wonderful funds that recognised the value of our garden.