Is a centre for food resilience and environmental awareness for Canterbury.
It's a living learning hub for us and our children, and a precious public asset for the coming centuries; demonstrating a close connection between community and the natural environment with its generous abundance. See the website for more info
Below is a series of photo's jumping through the design process leading up to the daily running and working bee's and teaching held onsite by kaitiaki, Roz Rolls.
Serval different strand lead each of the design team, Jane Ash, Gordyn Hamlyn, Steffan Kraberger & Lillee Star, to come together. Christchurch Food Forest Collective was the starting for most of us and a conversation with many groups and individuals in 2012, which led to the Food Resilience Network being formed. A great overview detailing outcomes the FRN workshops of the design process for Ōtākaro Orchard in this article Permaculture Input in Canterbury on the PiNZ website.
The site is nothing but rubble back fill.
Shaping out the main design componants
Refining grwing space through pathway access around the site
All ready to go for the canopy tree locations
Defining the growing zones
Allocating placement of the top canopy trees, to allow space for grwoth, havest, paths and other guild plantings.
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The site is looking great and is ready to have the trees locations mark for the digger to make
First viewing of the site after landscaping contractors put in the hard fill
Roz showing the PDC group around
Going into detail about the plants and their benefical relationship to each other