Robert Hankey and Jessica Woomack begin work in the new Adults in Motion (AIM) garden.
The community organisation Adults in Motion (AIM), which cares for young adults with special needs, has started a vegetable garden at their centre on SH1 in Warkworth.
The Rodney Health Trust has filled in the old swimming pool on the site, enabling the 12-young people at the centre to start work.
“We’re very grateful to the community for making this all possible,” spokesperson Marg Hargreaves says.
“Mahurangi Ducks donated duck poo and Wyatt Landscaping provided soil.
“These will make a big difference to the garden and the support is hugely appreciated.”
Mahurangi Ducks is also coordinating the donation of seedlings, which can be left at the Warkworth Library.
There are further plans to create some raised beds to provide easy access for those who can't bend down easily or are in wheelchairs.
The participants will be growing vegetables for meals that they will prepare at the centre and they hope to have enough to donate to local community groups. They are also growing flowers.
AIM recently hosted a visit to the centre by NZ First MP Tracey Martin.
Mrs Hargreaves says the organisation is always looking for work experience opportunities for able participants.
Currently, participants work at the Homebuiders Op Shop one morning a week and learn valuable skills in taking money and sorting new deliveries of clothes.
“We would welcome hearing from anyone who could provide work opportunities.
“We also need a volunteer to help in the mornings, from 9am to 12pm.”
Donations of seedlings, lime, tools and materials and assistance to build some raised beds would also be appreciated.
If you are able to help, contact programme manager Corinne on 422 3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org