Denise Bijoux

The behind-the-scenes work is paying off as a number of activities and initiatives begin to develop on The Commons. One of these is Grow Space. 

Grow Space is located on the southern part of the former bowling greens. It hosts a number of different community projects, each run by members of the Hub.

The predominant project is the Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG). MUMG is a community enterprise that focuses on extending the urban market garden skills of migrant and refugee background women as they learn to supply hyper-local produce to local cafes and businesses. The initiative has been developed by several local organisations: Catalyse Network, Crave cafe, Kind cafe, Belong Aotearoa (formerly Auckland Regional Migrant Services), NZ Red Cross, Positive Women and Kai Collective.

So far, development of MUMG has been done on a completely voluntary basis with support from Bunnings Grey Lynn who have supplied inital tools and resources to get things started as well as much valued labour. MUMG has also partnered with the Food Waste Fairy to develop efficient bokashi systems that turn neighbourhood waste into nutrients for soil. Now there is an initial cohort of market gardeners setting up the infrastructure and getting ready to grow early in 2019. If you'd like to support MUMG, find out more on the facebook group and send us a message. We'll have a Givealittle page up soon too.

Other projects being developed for Grow Space include hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems, as well as a Hub kitchen garden and free picking communal growing areas. Grow Space will also host a number of events and workshops to promote inclusive regenerative urban living for our community. 

Current Grow Space initiatives are listed on growspace.org.nz. Contact trustees (trustees@gribblehirsthub.nz) if you have an initiative you'd like to make happen on the Grow Space - there is room for more!