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Bostock NZ Edible Garden Show Trumping Trump

3rd Feb, 2017  |  Edible Garden Show

3 February 2017

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show on 25 & 26 March will feature an earth bag and cob wall, organisers are hoping to trump Trump’s wall by ensuring their wall creates community enjoyment rather than creating International friction.

The Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show is a free community event held at Showgrounds Hawke’s Bay over two days encompassing five key cornerstones; food, gardening, landscape, animals and wellness. Each of these elements are incorporated into the event with workshops and demonstrations and experts to talk to about how you can get more involved in a sustainable and healthy life for you and your family.

The natural build led by EIT tutor Aaron Williams and a team of students, will show the construction, materials and practices of the past that are now being re-learnt as we head toward a more sustainable and gentle way of building for our futures.

Natural or earth buildings are built using mostly non-industrial, minimally processed, locally available, and renewable materials and can also utilize recycled or salvaged materials.

Mell Anderson, from the Bostock New Zealand Edible Garden Show, herself a natural build enthusiast, is being guided by Pat Mawson, local mud guru and local

Strawhouse builder and a generous supply of materials from Webster’s Hydrated Lime Co has ensured the project can go ahead.

For those wanting to get involved, the build needs enthusiastic helpers and anyone wanting to get their hands dirty, as well as recycled glass bottles, flour sacks and materials to help with this project. The wall will be built in the week’s leading up to the event with the finishing touches applied at the event.  

Hillary Riches, Business Development Manager for the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society said the event established 4 years ago is about bringing the community together to improve their health and wellbeing - from the food we grow and eat, to the houses we build and live in so a natural build seemed to be a perfect fit for the event.

If you would like to assist with this build, donating time, recycled materials please contact Mell 022 1327547 .  Regular updates will be posted on the Bostock Edible Garden facebook and the website

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