Our City's Edible Gardens

13 August 2013

Silverbeet in flowerbeds is only the start. Sarah Adams is one of the Council’s new community and neighbourhood advisers working on urban agriculture, so expect to see edible plants all over the city.

Community and neighbourhood adviser Sarah Adams checking out a bed of rainbow chard outside Wellington Railway Station.

Rainbow chard at Wellington Railway Station

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Sarah’s plan is to work alongside community groups to get them growing fruit and vegetables.

She plans to get more edible planting all over town by coordinating the efforts of people involved in community gardens and getting others to give it a go. There are 26 community gardens already in Wellington and Sarah would love to see growers’ collectives producing all their basic vegetables, working together on the plots and selling their surplus.

“It’s about bringing food back into the city. It’s about greening the city - but greening the city with edibles,” she says.

For the past four years Sarah, who trained as an architect, has been coordinator of Innermost Garden, a community garden in Mount Victoria. She says this is her dream job. “I can’t believe my luck. It’s a really nice step to move out from one garden.”

She says a lot of food can be grown in Wellington - it’s just a matter of working to local conditions.

The flourishing rainbow chard, or heirloom silverbeet, at Wellington Railway Station only goes to show how beautiful and prolific vegetables can be.