Community orchards keeping heritage in Christchurch

Long Lunch 24/05/2018
Image: Edible Paradise, Doc Edge.

A new documentary is presenting a vision for Christchurch to become an ‘edible garden city’.

Rich Humphreys, the director of Edible Paradise: Growing the Food Forest Revolution, is in New Zealand as part of the Doc Edge Festival.

The film was captured over five years as part of the Localising Food Project and shares the dream of greening post-quake Canterbury by saving valuable heritage fruit and nut varieties from the bulldozers.

The film follows the dream to green the red zone.

After the earthquakes Kaiapoi couple Brent and Shirley Cairns went out and tied ribbons around trees in the red zone that were going to be bulldozed to have them saved.

Now, the Canterbury Food Resilience Group has been formed and is looking to engage with the council to change the food policy.

The project tries to ensure that genetic diversity, medical benefits and historic links will remain available to future generations.

“The fruit of our ancestors can nourish us a lot more than the food of today.”

Community orchards, including the Otakaro Orchard in the city centre, are working towards an “evolution to a food forest culture”.

Mr Humphreys says that the council are now going out on a consultation with what’s going to happen in the red zone which could take months to come to a decision.

“What an amazing opportunity for people to get to feed themselves in the neighbourhood and city where they live.”

Edible Heritage is playing as part of Doc Edge Festival in Auckland, click here for more information.

Listen to the full interview with Rich Humphreys above.

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