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Matt Low helps mix up the hempcrete, a hemp-based contruction product, for the new pātaka kai (storeroom) at Marfell Community Garden.

A new kai cupboard has been …….

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Matt Low helps mix up the hempcrete, a hemp-based contruction product, for the new pātaka kai (storeroom) at Marfell Community Garden.

A new kai cupboard has been built at Marfell Community Garden using hemp construction.

It was built on Saturday, and followed Venture Taranaki’s (VT) latest Branching Out event on Thursday, which explored hemp fibre and hemp construction.

In an emailed statement, VT chief executive Justine Gilliland hemp could be grown in the region but the challenge looking at what can be done with it to add value.

“Construction helps provides that piece of the puzzle,” she said.

“Building the new pātaka kai (storeroom) in Marfell is an awesome opportunity to demonstrate hempcrete being used in a real-world construction setting, off the back of Thursday’s event, while gifting a tāonga to the community that will be widely used.”

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The new hemp pātaka kai will replace an existing kai cupboard that is used to store produce grown in the garden as well as food donations.

The Marfell Community Garden was established one year ago.

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It replaces an existing kai cupbaord used to store produce and food donations.

Garden board member Andrew French said it had become a space to connect whānau, community groups and schools.

“The community garden is a space that connects the community and helps sustain and care for Papatūānuku, the earth who sustains us.

“It’s a garden, but also a place to share knowledge, and to get to know the people in our hāpori, it’s like a village square. Hempcrete is a material that fits in perfectly with the values of the māra, it will be secure in strong winds, from pests and help keep the food for longer.”

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/127049955/new-hemp-fibre-build-at-marfell-community-garden

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