Organic green fingers: Abundant Backyard

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Abundant Backyard has a large, perhaps the feature, stall at the weekly Whakamarama Farmers Market selling its locally produced organic produce.

The beautiful presentation of each weekly stall hides the effort and hard work by Silvio Maffra and his colleague at Abundant Backyard  organic “market garden” on the Whakamarama slopes.  

A diverse and extensive area of planting

We thought we’d take a look and mid-day this hot, early November we called in.   Silvio’s working day starts at 7am and Thursday is the busiest day of the week as the number of markets at which Abundant Backyard is selling its bounty is increasing.

Silvio in the branded Abundant Backyard baytee-shirt – total business pride

A combined effort

The gardens are laid out with precision.  There are outdoor and covered areas.  The plants provide the colour, textures and patterns of abstract art.

Seedling protection design

The microgreens are living cushions

The tomatoes become an “installation”

Frills

Zuchini stars

Shallot star bursts

And today produce that is ready to be shared is picked, washed and packed for market – by hand.

Love the contrast – Silverbeet and Florence Fennel

And on the table, ready to be eaten in an instant – Silvio’s lunch!

Check out the Abundant Backyard website you’ll enjoy Silvio’s back story and the information about the Dunton-McLeod sustainability gurus         http://www.abundantbackyard.co.nz/

The Whakamarama Farmers Market is on at the Whakamarama Community Centre (opposite the school) every Friday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm.  Fresh produce, artisan products, plants, art craft and sustainability products. Homebaking in the kitchen and hot and cold drinks.   Sealed parking and toilets within the hall available.  

Here’s a look at front exterior of the Hall and a plaque commemorating the gift of land on which the hall was built

Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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AND:-        We have a series of videoed walk-throughs of several gallery/art spaces at The Incubator Creative Hub; a portfolio of images of beautiful local tiny houses; a promo for Te Waananga o Aotearoa raranga weaving exhibition opening Sunday at a Te Puna marae and some contemporary images of Cindy and Cindy-Lou Vintage of Snodgrass Road Te Puna to share with you.  

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And don’t  forget that Bayclay 2019 will be open to the public from tomorrow 10am at Baycourt, Downtown Tauranga.

The work of Whakamarama clay-creative Suzanne Sturrock

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Catch a movie at the Rialto Downtown Tauranga

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Meet Cindy of Cindy Lou Vintage Snodgrass Road Te Puna

Foodie treats at the Whakamarama Farmers Market at the Hall every Friday night 3pm to 6pm

Catch a gig at The Jam Factory

Buy the best of artisan art and art craft at The Atrium Gallery and shop at The Black Sheep Whakamarama

Visit the Tauranga Art Gallery

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