Waitakere, Ranui Community House

The idea that we could create a food garden and use it to teach the community what growing food is all about and also provide tutors for cooking lessons is a step closer with the completion of custom made aprons combining the logos of Slow Food Waitakere and the Ranui Community House.

Pictured in their new aprons, partially funded by Slow Food Waitakere, are the children in the “Cooking for Kids” class on a Tuesday afternoon. Adult cooking classes are on a Wednesday and both classes have tutors who are Slow Food Members. A decision on a funding application to the local community board is due soon, and if it goes in our favour, Slow Food members will create a ‘teaching garden” and also fund an after school children’s class in growing vegetables.

Of course this has been a great example of many different groups and individuals in a small community working together to create something that benefits everyone. From the quilting lady who made the aprons, through the staff of the community house who donated the material, to the printer who did the work and the committee member of the Ranui Community House who organised it all. Essential in this was the contribution by all Slow Food Waitakere members, as part of their contribution is used for community projects.

The results have been all positive and we at Slow Food Waitakere are proud to have done our share.

Further details can be obtained from Karen Perri (09) 833 9064 or Claire Inwood (09) 8128192