Our Cultivate Experience is designed to allow groups to come in and be part of Cultivate and our learnings.
We provide group-centered and strength based session(s) focused on sharing our Kaupapa, knowledge of growing high-quality produce and encouraging positive engagement in the community and the working world.
Our staff are highly trained in organic horticulture and youth development sectors (mental health, youth justice and physical wellbeing).
You may want to come for a one-off visit or more than once.
We believe in collaboration and are a space for working together that enables a wider community support network for yourself and the Rangatahi you work with. We are quite flexible being a social enterprise so please discuss your needs/ interests with us and we will probably be able to help.
If you are
- a school class
Learn about sustainability with us.
We will demonstrate what we do and how it supports environmental sustainability. Many subjects can be related to the gardening environment.
- an NGO/ Alternative Education
If you are a provider or agency supporting young people under 25 years we can support you and your young people to learn about employment/ environmental stewardship/ community engagement.
We are also a space for completing community service hours during school holidays, work experience during term for those transitioning or a transition option.
- a Government or Corporate Organisation
We welcome groups who are wanting to find an activity to support staff getting to know each other and work alongside each other in a different yet fun and purposeful way, or if it something your organisation is proud to say you give back to the community through participating at Cultivate.
Individuals: You are very welcome to participate at Cultivate during our Open Days. For more information please refer to our Volunteer Page.
Your (first) visit involves a Cultivate introduction to what we do and how we do it, a health and safety brief and a site tour. This is age and ability appropriate.
We will also discuss what your learning modules are you are currently focussed on so that we can tailor our session to enhance the development and outcomes for each individual.
There is a lot of positive and fun energy on the farm. So during our working sessions, we love to answer questions anyone has about growing food or wanting to further involve themselves in Cultivate to deepen their connection to the land and the community. There is so much to learn that is not only focused on the plants but transfers to how we care for ourselves, each other, our environment and the natural world around us.
The activities depend on the season and what is required to be done on the farm that day. This is set by our farm manager and supported by our farm staff and youth work staff. Things include weeding, pricking out seedlings, transplanting seedlings, worm farm maintenance, composting, harvesting produce, general site maintenance. We provide the tools, equipment and the learning environment.
Times, Sign Up & Cost
You are welcome to come for a Cultivate Experience Tuesday - Thursday 9-4 for an hour or up to 3 hours.
To maintain a healthy and safe space for all and give you the best experience all groups must book in! To book please email us and let us know who you are, how many people and when you would like to come so we can confirm with you from our end. Any other questions also please be in touch.
The costs are an attendance fee per person taking part in the experience and lunch.
By charging for our Cultivate experience we can ensure that our staff can give you their full attention to sharing our mahi and providing appropriate tasks. Also, please know that all the costs go towards supporting young people in employment.
However, we aim to keep the Cultivate experience affordable for everyone, so please be in touch the specific costs.
Payment is usually due after your experience and issued via invoice.
Please note, as we are a charitable company you are eligible to claim the experience as a donation with a tax credit.
All payments go towards the costs of supporting young people in employment.