Kelmarna Gardens is a city farm and organic community garden in Auckland dedicated to building a healthy community and environment and promoting sustainable living.
It is situated on 4.5 acres of council land in Ponsonby, close to the heart of the city. On its north-facing slopes are a food forest, bee hives, vegetable plots, a worm farm, hens, a Welsh pony and grazing livestock.
The property was established in 1981 and is managed for the benefit of the community by the Kelmarna Community Garden Trust. From the beginning, the Trust has promoted organic gardening. This excludes the use of chemical sprays and artificial fertilisers. We rely instead on compost, healthy soil, good plant care and natural pest management.
The gardens are maintained by a manager and a team of volunteers. A number of volunteers have their own vegetable plots. Locals visit to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere or buy organic vegetables, seedlings and flowers. Schools and community groups use Kelmarna to learn about sustainable practices.
Everyone is welcome
Kelmarna is a space for everyone, open seven days a week through the pedestrian gate at the Hukanui Crescent entrance. A trail winds its way through the gardens, across paddocks and links to Cox’s Creek walkway.
Help us improve the gardens
From 1992 until early in 2015 Kelmarna was sub-leased to a mental health provider whose clients used the gardens for therapy and growing their own food. Now we are seeking community support to keep the gardens open and revitalise the space as an active garden at the heart of the community. We plan to:
To keep Kelmarna Gardens open – and funds its revitalisation – we need your support.
Address: 12 Hukanui Crescent, Ponsonby, Auckland.
Telephone: 09 376 0472