As many of you may know, at the beginning of this term, we welcomed our new Community Garden Coordinator, Rowan Brooks to the team at the Sustainability Office.
A now-familiar face for many of those who have been coming along to our weekly working bees, but for those who have yet to cross paths with Rowan, we thought we would write a brief introduction to share and welcome him to our community.
Having studied ecology, psychology, and being involved in grassroots community projects all around NZ (including community gardens and food co-ops) Rowan is passionate about supporting people to realise their power together and to bring soul into social change.
He has spent time working with the Soil & Health Association NZ (which advocates for organic production and sustainable living), as well as wwoofing in Aotearoa and Europe, and learning from the UK food sovereignty movement.
Rowan has very capably and confidently stepped into the role in the busiest time of the year in the gardens, having begun working in the space right before the University welcomed students back for 2018. The garden is thriving, and he has welcomed over 200 students and community members into the garden this year already!
Currently, one of Rowan’s plans for the garden include the creation of a Compost Club on campus. If you’re interested, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can invite you to the next Compost Club meeting. This is a new idea, and we are excited to see where it could lead. Our dream is to be able to accept some of the compostable packaging items from the cafes on campus… so if you’re passionate about composting and reducing waste to landfill – be in touch!
We are thrilled to welcome him to the Sustainability Community at UC, and are looking forward to seeing what the year brings.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? We have weekly working bees that run all year, on Friday afternoons from 1pm – 5pm in the summer, and 12pm – 4pm in the winter.
More information on becoming a volunteer with us here!