After many months of planning and design we're about to create a huge piece of the Ōtākaro Orchard building by hand! Led by Gordon, Sarah Jane, James, Dan, and Gordyn we're hosting 3-hour workshops at 100 Peterborough St in the morning and afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays April 15th - June 3rd. Come learn how to make these bricks and seize this rare chance to build our community space together! Help us make 4,000 of them! For all the effort we're putting in, this will be the first commercial earth building in Christchurch. Added up, these 4,000 will need a lot of hands on and workshop space will be limited so make sure to sign up before spots fill up!
$1M in funding raised //
637 volunteer hours //
$200K in-kind support
Introducing the Ōtākaro Orchard Project
The Ōtākaro Orchard will be New Zealand's first urban food hub. Located in the heart of the Avon River Precinct between the Town Hall and Margaret Mahy Playground, it will be a place that locals and visitors alike can gain knowledge and inspiration about sustainable food systems in practice.
PHASE 1 : Community Garden
We're creating Christchurch's first public food forest - a beautiful urban oasis that also grows tonnes of food for our community each year.
PHASE 3 : DOME GREENHOUSE
Based on a super-sustainable design from Danish architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard, this dome will host a different growing climate for propagation and even exotics such as bananas!
PHASE 2 : LOCAL FOOD HUB
A social enterprise cafe, new HQ for the Canterbury Horticultural Society, local food information centre, event spaces and much more.