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Working Bee Helpers


Hawea Food Forest






Hāwea, Wānaka

The Hāwea Food Forest Charitable Trust was created in 2012 to establish and maintain a fruit orchard to benefit the community. The Food Forest is located in a corner of the Hāwea Domain, it is home to an orchard area with established fruit trees including many heritage apple trees.

In 2022 community gardens were started growing vegetables to support the participants in monthly working bees and the wider community via the produce stands in the area.

In the future the orchard will be developed into a layered food forest and more community gardens established.

Working bees are held monthly, and volunteers might be engaged in:

  • watering plants
  • weeding
  • harvesting
  • planting seedlings/trees
  • mulching
  • brush cutting - experience preferred, but training can be given for this task as you need to be able to safely operate the machinery

As a volunteer, you will learn about gardening practices and how every layer of the food forest has a function and be an important part of this community project, as well as meet like-minded locals. Morning tea and general gardening chat provided.


  • Hāwea Food Forest can provide some education and guidance around what to do, so you don't need to be a plant or gardening expert.
  • They are just looking for people who are physically able and willing to help.
  • You must wear appropriate clothing and footwear and preferably have your own transport to get to the working bees.
  • If you have some gardening tools you can bring along too that would be helpful but not essential.

Time commitment

  • Preferably 2 hours at a time
  • Working bees are held on the second Saturday of the month starting at 10am
  • Other Saturday working bees by arrangement

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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