Local Food Wanaka

Local Food Wanaka

What One Tour Can Catalyse!

The ‘Local Food Wanaka’ group was started at the end of 2012, after Earthcare Education Aotearoa’s ‘Localising Food Tour’ swept through Wanaka, giving presentations on food security and local food resilience action planning, and teaching workshops on permaculture, seed-saving, seasonal calendars and ‘starting a garden from scratch’.


What One Photo Can Catalyse!

In the ‘Food Security & Local Food Initiatives’ slideshow (presented by Robina McCurdy and Suzie Lees), a palpable excitement went through the audience when one pivotal image appeared on the screen, accompanied by its story. This was ‘The Great Waiheke Island Plum Drive’.  A flurry of conversation ensued, followed by the resolve ‘we could do this here, but with apples!’ Now, after seven years of running the ‘Autumn Apple Drive’ hosted Rippon Vineyards, doing everything imaginable with apples, Local Food Wanaka offered a range of workshops which go ‘beyond apples’, eg making bone broth, fermented foods, cider making, home orchards and herbal remedies.


Local Food Wanaka is the online repository for projects, events and resources in the Upper Clutha region devoted to re-localising food.


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