The grant helped pay for a chicken coop, which is now home to seven rescue hens adopted from North Canterbury Chicken Rescue – Lolly, Dolly, Dusty, Tory, Tina, Minnie and Nuggets.
“If you’re raising an eyebrow at ‘Nuggets’ – some of the names were chosen by local students,” Vic laughs.
“The chickens are such a good addition to the garden, because they produce natural fertiliser, as well as eggs.
“They’re still settling in, and we’ve had a few eggs, but we think they’ll start producing more once they get more comfortable in their surroundings.”
Vic says places like the Resource Centre give Linwood an alternative gathering spot, rather than the nearby shopping centre, which is home to multiple fast food outlets.
“It’s definitely a lower socio-economic area, and the sense of community we try to provide here, I think, makes a big difference in people’s lives,” Vic said.
The fresh food produced at the centre is distributed among volunteers, as well as being used to stock a well-used ‘free kai’ box for the local community.