Urban Food Hub
& Living lab
We’re on the cusp of a revolutionary food system with 780 parks, 37 community gardens, 70 edible school gardens, 5 food forests, and 26,000 fruit trees on public land!
At the heart of this flourishing city sits Ōtākaro Orchard, an urban food hub, community garden and Food Forest by the Ōtākaro/Avon River, with a learning centre, outdoor amphitheatre, free public food forest, restaurant, and garden venue in the heart of the city.
Ōtākaro Orchard is a centre for food resilience, a living learning environment for us and our children, and a precious public asset for the coming centuries.
What we do
With 100+ species of edible plants, Ōtākaro Orchard will produce 1,000 kg of fresh produce each year, a free edible landscape for everyone.
Ōtākaro Orchard is a living learning environment where people can grow, cook, and preserve their own fruit and veggies.
Ōtākaro Orchard connects people interested in food and community, encouraging intergenerational knowledge transfer.