Ōtākaro Orchard launches crowdfunding for edible park

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by PRNews Popular

Press Release: Otakaro Orchard

Christchurch’s Ōtākaro Orchard launches crowdfunding for edible park

New Zealand’s first urban food hub is a step closer to opening with the launch today of a new crowdfunding campaign to fast-track an edible park.

The Ōtākaro Orchard project is located on a $3 million former office site in Christchurch’s Avon River Precinct / Te Papa Ōtākaro, close to Margaret Mahy Playground.

So far the project has received over $300,000 in public donations and grant funding, and is now ready to start construction of the first phase, the edible park.

Project co-ordinator Chloe Waretini says their goal is to turn Christchurch into an Edible Garden City.

“With crowd help, In the coming months we will be transforming this rubbly lot into an urban oasis that produces tonnes of food each year for our community,” she says.

People can join in the crowdfunding campaign on Pledge Me to help raise $60,000 needed to landscape and plant the edible park, create the amphitheatre and build seating. Rewards on offer for donations include everything from edible bouquets to names on planter boxes, trees and bricks.

“In the interests of transparency, we’re sharing our live budget for the landscaping. The goal is to get the total as low as possible by the end of the campaign with our crowd contributing both money, materials and connections.”

The edible park will feature a heritage orchard, multiple herb and vegetable beds showcasing a variety of growing techniques, space for educational workshops and an amphitheatre for public gatherings and events.

“Thanks to the generosity of Goom Landscapes we now have a buildable design for the park, and City Care JFC joint venture have signed on as our construction partner. Suppliers of landscaping materials are also joining as in-kind sponsors.”

Next to the edible park, a local food information centre and cafe will be housed in what is envisioned as Christchurch's most regenerative build. A Dome which will serve as an indoor food production and classroom space.


Pledge Me campaign: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/5055-otakaro-orchard-phase-1-build-an-edible-park-for-christchurch


Background information

The Ōtākaro Orchard project is led by the Food Resilience Network, a collaboration of over 30 organisations and 150 people working together under the moniker Edible Canterbury to catalyse a strong local food economy in Canterbury. They have been granted the lease of the $3 million site at 227 Cambridge Terrace, next to the former PGC building site in the Avon River Precinct by Ōtākaro Limited and are now fundraising $2 million to construct the edible park, cafe and local food information centre.



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