workerBe Oasis is a not-for-profit that I co-founded with Erin Leigh Todd, who used to run a social enterprise called workerBe. We are around 25 people now, establishing edible Oases on underused land in Wellington. The first site is 1500m2 of flat council-owned land at 8 Hospital road in Newtown, between the hospital and governor general’s, that we have an occupational licence for. With the help of keen volunteers, we have now established around 400m2 of bio-intensive beds there, plus fruit trees and other perennials
The aim of this society is to provide education for its members, pleasant and educational edible spaces for anyone to enjoy and food for charities working with people in need of it. The first two seasons, Kaibosh came to pick up 50% of the produce every ween and distributed to charities. The public enjoyment of this oasis is already obvious, as more and more people come there to enjoy their lunch and walk among the vegetables.
You can come along to a casual volunteer session, Sundays 11am-1pm, or for a guided visit of the urban farm on the first Thursday of the month at 6pm.
We also have another site, on Thurleigh Grove in Karori. It is a steep site, so it is better suited for perennials. Late winter 2015 it got planted as an orchard by a group of volunteers co-ordinated by Fredd Marshall. We are looking for more land! The requirements are: minimum of 500m2, flat to gently sloping, unpolluted and with a lease of minimum 3 years. If you have someting to offer, please let us know!
Another easy way to get involved and support our efforts is to become an oasis member – just fill in the form below and set up an automatic payment online. We rely on members and supporting businesses for our ongoing expenses, and apply for public funding for set-up costs. Our goal is to become self-sustaining financially while still expanding to more sites, to create a more edible Wellington!