But community gardens have taken hold in New Zealand, attracting supporters for the opportunity to socialize, as well as share skills, experience, labour, tools and – of course – the end product.

In Lyttelton, near Christchurch, the community garden is also an outdoor classroom for children of Lyttelton Main School.

On Wednesday mornings the gardens are open to all. Community and project members are invited to come along and roll up their sleeves on a ‘sweat equity basis’ for a take-home share of the bounty.

Reported for our AA Directions Summer 2013 issue

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