Commonsense is founded on principles of organic farming, care for our environment and each other. Every year we support initiatives that share our values. Set out below are some of the organisations and groups we’ve supported this year.
Porirua School Gardens
We are a primary sponsor of the Porirua Schools Garden Club and are proud to have supported this amazing initiative for the last six years. The Club works with teachers, local volunteers and kids in a number of low decile schools to grow their own organic food. Each month we cover most of the costs of the scheme, including the coordinator’s salary and the cost of resources and equipment.
Alicia and the Porirua School Gardens Scheme are always looking for new volunteers. If you'd like to get your hands dirty, or gift gardening equipment, please contact Alicia on firstname.lastname@example.org.
seeds to feeds
Seeds to Feeds is a festival that spans the growing season, resulting in a week long harvest festival of community feasts showcasing local food. Local teams in suburbs across Wellington come together to plant, harvest and, using the produce from the harvest, host a meal where the whole community is invited! Commonsense supports this wonderful initiative by providing each community with a budget to purchase products not able to be grown or foraged.
Support through lockdown
In May we showed our thanks to our community for supporting us during lockdown by paying it forward to organisations who needed help the most. We made substantial donations to Kaibosh Food Rescue in Wellington, Kapiti Foodbank, The Common Unity Project in Lower Hutt, Kiwi Harvest in Auckland, Women’s Refuge in Wellington and Te Whare Rokiroki (Maori Women’s Refuge).
In addition to these large events, each of our stores has a budget to support good causes in their local community. This year:
In 2020, our Wellington City store donated to Wellington City Council’s Walk to Work Day initiative, South Wellington Intermediate School, and Go by Bike Day.
This year our Kilbirnie store has supported Miramar Central School’s Ethnic Food Fair, Life Flight Search and Rescue, Wellington Jewish Care of Aged Society, Miramar North School, Kilbirnie Tennis Club, Wellington Time Bank, Owhiro Bay School, Adelaide Early Learning Centre’s Fundraising Quiz and Houghton Valley Playcentre.
Our Lower Hutt store supported the Dream Catcher Community, Autism New Zealand, Hutt City Council’s Plastic Free July campaign, the Going Bananas Show for Brain Injured Children, Wellington Early Intervention Trust and Caring Families Aotearoa.
This year, our Kapiti store supported Te Ra School.
In Mt Eden this year we have supported the Mercy Hospice Auckland, the Australian Bushfires through WYMO.org, Mt Eden village, Balmoral school’s comedy fundraiser, local Climate Change Theatre group, Sustainable Futures and more!