HUMMING GARDENS

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We're partnering with Hummingbird Coffee to divert waste from landfill, strengthen the community garden network and enable community gardens & composting hubs to grow and flourish.

HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN GRANTS

Up to $500 is available for community gardens in the Auckland Region to invest into tools and infrastructure that will help keep the garden humming. These could include composting systems, tools, water tanks, sheds or raised garden beds.

This fund supports gardens that benefit the community. Gardens on private property may not be eligible.

Currently, all available community garden grants have been allocated.

FREE MATERIALS FOR COMMUNITY GARDENING

Our Waste Project Assistants connect local cafes to their community garden. They also work with businesses to divert reusable resources for community use.

Useful resources for gardens include

  • coffee grounds
  • food scraps
  • dry leaves
  • coffee husks
  • sawdust
  • cardboard
  • shredded paper
  • straw

Check out some of the free resources that might help your community garden thrive at Adopt a Resource

If your cafe or business is interested in contributing resources to your local community garden, please email thomas@ecomatters.org.nz or amanda@ecomatters.org.nz

SUPPORTING WORKSHOPS

In collaboration with the Compost Collective, our Waste Project Assistants can also help arrange workshops that will educate and inspire locals to garden, compost and volunteer within their community.

HEALTH & SAFETY RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY COMPOSTING

Here are some handy Health & Safety reference documents we've prepared for community gardens that are using bokashi bins, worm farming or cold composting. You can download and use these to keep you and your volunteers safe while composting.

These are base template documents, so do add your own site-specific hazards.

Bokashi risk assessment

Worm Farm risk assessment

Cold compost risk assessment

HOW YOU CAN HELP

To support these initiatives, purchase the Hummingbird Coffee RE:Start blend from your local supermarket. 30 cents from every 200g bag sold goes to supporting community projects like the partnership between Hummingbird Coffee Charitable Trust and EcoMatters.