October 2016 –

Getting off the ground!

Te Hiki Food Hub has its roots in the 2015 Far North Thrive programme, a collaboration between Far North District Council and Ākina www.akina.org.nz to help build resilience in the region.

A number of Resilient Economy Incubator Groups were established as part of this training programme, and Te Hiku Food Hub grew out of the Kaitaia REIG.

In researching the possible suppliers for setting up KaiBOX it became obvious that the first step was to build up the capacity of organic/spray free/permaculture growing. Also many other ideas in addition to KaiBOX started to germinate and so Te Hiku Food Hub was born.

Using the Community Garden at Kaitaia Community House as a starting point for small scale urban market gardening, and using land belonging to THFH members the team are raising organic produce from seed.

A recent visit from seed saving expert has given lots of food for thought, and highlighted the challenges we face regarding food security in the country. All the more reason to get more food grown sustainably locally for local consumption.

Getting a Kai Ora grant for 2016 has enabled Te Hiku Food Hub to step up activities and hopefully a pilot run of KaiBOX will be starting early 2017.

For more information on Te Hiku Food Hub and KaiBOX contact:  Cheryl Toka on kaiboxkaitaia@outlook.co.nz

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