Building Project

Te Whakaritenga o te whare

Building a hub for local food in the heart of Christchurch, an exemplar for a 21st-Century Garden City.

Our Vision

Ōtākaro Orchard will be a welcoming front door to the
“patchwork of food producing hotspots woven like a ribbon into the fabric of our community”

Elements of Otakaro Orchard :


Public Food Forest

- Producing 1,000kg / year

- Open-Harvest for public use

- Organically managed


Garden Landscape

- Gabion Amphitheatre

- Permeable Pathways

- Solarium / Outdoor Classroom


Cafe & Information Centre

- Living Building 180-person capacity

- Small & Large venue spaces

- HQ for Food Resilience Network

- Social Enterprise Café

- Green roofs

- Compost toilets

- Grey water recycling

- Solar energy

- Rain water tanks

Progress so far

To date, the project has raised over $1.1M in capital from 8 organizations and 550 Cantabrians, $400K in-kind from 50 local & national businesses, and over 2367 hours contributed by 612 volunteers.

 After being granted the site in 2016, the canopy of the public food forest was planted in 2017 and to date has received 2,367 working hours put in by 612 Volunteers.

3750 adobe bricks were handmade by 119 volunteers for the building.

Now the building is well under way and will be completed by 2022.


Community garden

An Edible Garden featuring a public food forest, multiple herb and vegetable beds showcasing a variety of growing techniques, space for educational workshops and an open-air amphitheatre for public gatherings and events.


Local food hub

A Local Food Information Centre and Restaurant acting as a window to display and promote the abundant network of local food producers, community gardens and organisations that contribute to our food security in Canterbury.