The Support Group has assisted the Community Garden group in Medlands since it first started up.
The seeds of thought for a Community Garden were sown by many people for a number of years and finally in 2004 under the care and guidance of Cait Devey the Outreach Coordinator at the time, germination finally occurred and the first Aotea Family Support Group community garden sprang appropriately from the well-nourished and much worked soil of the old gardens at Rangimarie (Medlands Backpackers).
Five years later the gardens are now sited in the grounds of the St John Community Church and later expanded into the Medlands Recreation Reserve with the support of the Aotea Family Support Group.
A combination of many factors, the economic climate, the involvement in the community of horticultural tutor Caity Endt, North-Tech courses, and a timely coming together of many community organisations - St John Church, Department of Conservation, and the Aotea Family Support Group, mean that the Community Gardens have become an integral part of the island's infrastructure.
Quite apart from the obvious benefits to community well being and social development, the gardens have already proven themselves to be a valuable contributor to the food parcels scheme offered by the St John Church. The Gardens currently have the benefit of a small dedicated group of volunteers.
Many courses and workshops are planned as part of the development of the site and should gain the interest and involvement of every islander over the next few years.
The Aotea Family Support Group Charitable Trust (est 1983) is a community organisation providing the residents of Great Barrier Island with a range of socal services, resources, and organised events. The work of the Support Group is made possible through financial assistance from the Ministry of Social Development, the ASB Community Trust, the Lottery Grants Board, the Auckland Council / Great Barrier Local Board, and the Department of Internal Affairs with the Community Organisations Grants Scheme. as well as our supporters and partners. Thank you. (Copyright © 2014 · All Rights Reserved - Aotea Family Support Group) <> Visit us on Facebook.