National Gardening Week 2021:  "Grow to Give"

18-25 October 2021

While some Kiwis are enjoying home grown vegies like never before, many are going without vegetables altogether.

So this National Gardening Week everyone is being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

Popping a few extra seeds in the dirt doesn't require too much effort, but could mean so much for another family in need.

To help get your extra row underway Yates is lending a helping hand.   Just pop back to this webpage from 1st October to register for a free packet of vegie seeds (offer available from 1st to 25th October).

Once you’ve grown your vegies to share check out the list below to find an organisation in your area that would welcome your donation of fresh homegrown vegies.

Donating food

The following list of community based organisations  gratefully receive food donations.  They range from community pantries – a place where people can leave food for other people to take for free – to distribution agencies and facebook networks.  They will help you get your ‘extra row’ to people in need.

Pataka Kai (national)

Foodbank NZ (national)

Bellyful (national)

Food Rescue Northland

Loaves and Fishes Wellsford Foodbank (Wellsford)

Warkworth Christian Foodlink (Mahurangi Presbyterian Church)

Love Soup (Hibiscus Coast)

Auckland City Mission

Fair Food (West Auckland)

Kai Collective (Auckland)

i Collective (Auckland)

KiwiHarvest (Auckland)

Kaivolution (Hamilton and Cambridge)

Te Awamutu Combined Churches & Community Foodbank 

Good Neighbour (Tauranga)

Waste Not Want Not (Whakatane)

Halo Charitable Trust (Taupo, Tokoroa, Levin)

Gizzy Kai Rescue (Gisborne)

Super Grans Tairawhiti Trust (Gisborne)

Nourished For Nil (Hastings)

On The House (New Plymouth)

Just Zilch (Palmerston North)

Te Awahou Kai (Foxton)

The Food Basket (Waipukurau)

Kaibosh (Wellington)

Social Pantry (Wellington)

Wellington City Mission

Kiwi Community Assistance (Khandallah to Porirua)

Kai Rescue (Nelson)

Kai with Love (Richmond)

0800 Hungry (Christchurch)

Christchurch City Mission

Foodbank Canterbury (Christchurch)

Satisfy Food Rescue (North Canterbury)

KiwiHarvest (Dunedin/Queenstown)


About National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  Whether it’s a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening.


Getting a vegie patch started

It’s not as hard as you think – and you don’t even need a garden!  Many vegies also grow in a pot and some, such as herbs, lettuce and spinach, even grow on your windowsill.

But even if you have only a small patch in your garden you can still produce a bounty of vegies. Once you’ve cleared your space of weeds, make sure you choose the right vegie seeds for your climate and the time of year.  Don’t forget to feed your seedlings to boost growth and produce and make sure you keep those bugs away.  Click HERE for simple steps to get you started.


Seed raising tips

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing that first peek of a shoot bursting through the soil.  Sometimes it takes only days and sometimes patience is a virtue. 

The three most important factors to consider when germinating seeds are sowing depth, soil moisture and soil temperature.  Click HERE for some successful seed raising tips.


Watch this space, and sign up to join the Yates Garden Club if you would like to be kept in the loop on events, inspiration and promotions over National Gardening Week.