Migrant and refugee background women growing hyperlocal microgreens and edible flowers for sale to local cafes.
Kia ora and welcome to Morningside Urban Market Garden (MUMG).
MUMG is a community enterprise that teaches and shares market gardening and business skills among migrant and refugee background women by growing hyperlocal microgreens and edible flowers to sell to local cafes in Morningside, Auckland. As a social enterprise, MUMG not only helps to reduce social isolation by growing a sense of purpose and belonging in the community, but also shares skills and profits among those doing the work.
Based at Gribblehirst Community Hub, raised beds in upcycled apple crates, a tunnel house, propagation, watering and composting systems are all being established now.
We already have a guaranteed market and these funds will be used to set up infrastructure such as water tanks, watering systems, a shed and tools; consumables like compost, water, seeds and seedlings and operating costs such as utilities, teaching resources and gloves. Every little bit can help! Here's what your donations can buy:
-$50 Seed starter Kit including seed raising mix, seed, seedling trays for 2 garden beds.
-$100 Microgreen starter kit inc seeds, seed trays, and weights
-$200 Garden Bed including wicking base (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqHZjV7RD1Q for info on wicking beds), soil and compost.
-$500 Weather/pest protection inc floating row cover, hoops, and bird netting
-$1000 begin the water & Irrigation system
-$2500 Tunnel House 5.9m x 2.4m
-$4000 Garden shed 4m x 2.4m
-$5000+ Talk to us about how we can collaborate
MUMG is a collaboration of six organisations (Auckland Regional Migrant Services, New Zealand Red Cross, Positive Women Inc., Crave Cafe, Kind Cafe, Kai Collective and Catalyse Network, none of whom receive funding or profit from the enterprise. The intention is to both expand the enterprise at Gribblehirst and to support satellite enterprises run by graduates of the programme as well as provide a programme that can be emulated elsewhere. There is no cost to the women involved.
We look forward to working with you to developing new ways of growing food for local sale that also enable women to earn income from existing and new skills as they settle here in Aotearoa.
Find out more about MUMG here: www.growspace.nz
Morningside Urban Market Garden is a community enterprise that develops business skills among migrant and refugee background women by growing local microgreens and edible flowers for use in local cafes.
From November 2018, MUMG will transform a large portion of one of the former bowling greens at Gribblehirst Community Hub into an urban market garden using organic practices. Raised beds in upcycled apple crates, a tunnel house, propagation, watering and composting systems will all be established as the women are supported to learn about the business of urban market gardening.
Key aims are to:
-Grow business and market gardening skills among migrant and refugee background women with little or no formal education
-Supply hyper-local organic produce to local cafes and businesses
-Generate profits that will shared equitably with the growers
-Support the development of purposeful social connections among the women involved, tutors and customers
-Contribute to the development of The Commons at Gribblehirst Community Hub
MUMG is a collaboration of six organisations, none of whom receive funding or profit from the enterprise. The intention is to both expand the enterprise at Gribblehirst and to support satellite enterprises run by graduates of the programme. There is no cost to the women involved.
Capital such as water tanks, watering systems, a shed and tools; consumables like compost, water, seeds and seedlings and operating costs such as utilities, teaching resources and gloves.
Our first full season of production 22 November 2019
Kia ora whānau,
We are currently gearing up for our first full summer season! Harvesting mostly from our Eden Park site, we are currently supplying microgreens and edible flowers to Kind Cafe regularly and receiving great feedback!
The team are learning heaps too and feeling so much more connected and at home here in Tāmaki Makaurau. We are all very excited to be working together and have plans to bring on a new cohort in 2020, run workshops for the public, increase our production on The Commons at Gribblehirst and to expand in other ways too - watch this space!
Meantime, we are hugely thankful for the support we have received so far and hope we can continue to raise funds to help us cover the costs of consumables (soils, compost, seeds) and tuition as well as the various ongoing expenses such as web hosting.