Ōtākaro Orchard - A Hub for Local Food

$1,540 of $500,000 goal
Given by 9 generous donors in one year

The Ōtākaro Orchard is a collaboration of 40+ organizations to create a hub for local food in the heart of Christchurch.


The Ōtākaro Orchard is a collaboration of 40+ organizations to create a hub for local food in the heart of Christchurch. Our 1/2 acre site includes a public food forest, community amphitheatre, and an exemplar sustainable building featuring a social enterprise cafe, HQ for the Food Resilience Network, & a venue for community & public use. As the only community-led anchor project of the Christchurch rebuild, the project is a rare partnership between grassroots community, local & national government, and the private sector to create a 100-year public asset on the banks of Ōtākaro/Avon river.

With design input from over 100 people in Christchurch, help from 380 volunteers, and contributions from 550 Cantabrians, we're raised over $1,000,000 in cash and 350K in-kind from over 42 businesses, we've planted our food forest, submitted building consent, and have entered the final phase of the project! Over the coming months, we need to raise $500,000 to deliver the Ōtākaro Orchard in it's entirety.

Help us bring this project home!

About us

The Food Resilience Network is working to form a patchwork of food producing initiatives based around local hotspots and linked together like a ribbon woven into the fabric of our communities. We are a collaborative of 30+ organizations here in Christchurch/Canterbury working on different facets of a thriving local food system.

Use of funds

All funds raised here go directly to the Ōtākaro Orchard project, to complete the landscape, building, & other essential costs.

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Latest donations

Kirsten on 18 Sep 2019
All the best, living in the central city I really want this to work!
Jess on 17 Sep 2019
Richard on 16 Sep 2019
Good luck.
Michael on 16 Sep 2019
Ray on 15 Sep 2019
A fantastic initiative. There is a clear link between gardening and wellbeing https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263117318_The_benefits_of_gardening_and_food_growing_for_health_and_wellbeing and Christchurch needs this more than ever.

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This page was created on 25 Sep 2018 and closed on 25 Sep 2019.