Teaching Garden & Compost Hub

Teaching gardenOur vision is that everyone's food needs are met from local sources, and therefore we seek to support and enable people to grow locally as well as sustainably.

Building a sustainable edible garden is a circular process starting with improving soil fertility, planting strong seeds, maintaining plant health organically to produce nutrient dense food, harvesting and sharing this abundance with community, saving seeds for the next growing season, and working to the environmental conditions. All our organic material including food scraps are composted to go back into the soil, drawing down carbon and reversing climate change.

Creating a true Teaching Garden hub

Grow Your Food workshop: thank you to Jack Li and Office of Ethnic Communities

  • Learn through action, experience and connection
  • Get your hands dirty and work alongside others
  • Join our workshops on backyard and community gardens
  • Become a garden volunteer, learn new skills and make new friends

We work with various community groups teaching how to grow your own food and provide advice on community garden setup, sustainable practice, volunteer involvement, crops and crop management to schools and community groups, as well as advise on composting and hub operation. We support and enhance volunteer experience and opportunities, including leadership for a self-sustaining system, and create a welcoming environment for the community. 

Hobsonville Community Compost Hub

A Community Compost Hub at the Engine Bay nursery, Hobsonville Point on Bomb Point Drive is open. Generously supported by Compost Collective, Four Winds Foundation and the Upper Harbour Local Board, it supports many stages of food production and sustainability.

To compost with us, please register here and you'll receive all the details. We're on-site every Wednesday, 9am - 12pm, if you'd like to see us and ask any questions, or contact Judith at gardenhub@kaipatiki.org.nz

  • We take bokashied food scraps and offer free composting workshops through Compost Collective.
  • Bokashi food scraps can be dropped off anytime into our drop-off bin by people who signed up with us.
  • The bins are emptied into the composters on Wednesdays.
  • We have bulk bokashi mix for sale on Wednesday mornings. Bring your container: $10 per kg, a 2L container is $4.

Why composting matters?


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Benefits of growing own food

  • Nutrient dense, nourishing and organic, plus eating what's in season
  • Zero waste! No plastic packaging, no food miles… just walking out to pick a lettuce
  • Convenient and cheaper. We encourage to use, borrow, share what's available
  • Building and restoring soil helps draw down carbon and reverse climate change

Whether growing on window sill, balcony in a pot, backyard, community garden, food forest, or planning to set up a urban food farm as a business, gardening and growing food is good for our mental health as we focus on something positive and alive. Now is good time to start!

Food security

  • Producing as much food as possible locally. Become the solution
  • Being less reliant on global food supply chain and the centralised distribution system


We thank our funders and supporters!

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