#39492 Growing your own food – How to plant & maintain your own edible garden

Designed for those who have minimal gardening experience, this four-week course will give learners the knowledge and confidence to grow nutritious, organic food at home.  

Learners will leave the course feeling empowered and confident that they can use their newfound gardening skills to provide sustainable, low cost, healthy food for themselves and their whānau.  

Dates:     4 September – 25 September 2022 (4-weeks)
Times:    Sunday Afternoons,  1:00pm-3:00pm
Tutor:     Alaina Sims
Venue:   Pahiatua Community Garden, Huia Street, Pahiatua
Cost:       $20 / $10 (with Community Services Card)

Must Enrol by: 1 September (online) or enrol on the day.


Course Information for Course #39492 Growing Your Own Food: How to Plant & Maintain a Low-Cost, Organic Garden.

Course Tutor(s):  Alaina Sims

Alaina grew up in rural Arkansas (USA) in a family of keen market gardeners and has always had a garden of her own, sometimes small when living in the city and larger when space was available. She is passionate about permaculture and organically growing her own food, flowers, and herbs on her small lifestyle block and in the Pahiatua Community Garden. Alaina holds certificates in Horticulture and Organic Primary Production and has recently helped revitalise the Pahiatua Community Garden and has started “Tararua Permaculture”, a local Facebook group to connect permaculturalists within the district.  

Purpose of the Course:  

This beginner-level course takes students through the four main tenets of successful organic home gardening:

1) planning the garden
2) preparing and caring for the soil
3) planting and cultivating the crop
4) maintaining the garden to ensure a good harvest.

At the end of the course, each student will not only come away with the knowledge to grow their own food, but they will also leave the course with punnets of seeds they have planted in class to take home and grow in their own gardens.

Other Information:

This course will run all-weather – rain or shine.   If raining, learners need to dress appropriately for the weather.

Students will be provided with a course notebook for weekly review as well as receive hands-on, practical learning in the Pahiatua Community Garden.

Optional Materials:

Please note these are not provided but may be useful to bring along:
–  Gardening gloves (if you don’t like getting your hands dirty)
– Gardening tools (Spade/trowel)
– Wet weather gear
–  Secateurs


Please contact community@reapwairarapa.nz  for any further information you may require.