Food Resilience Network INC

After the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, we recognised a need for a food – resilient region. We set out to create a network of organisations that share these goals in order to provide sustainable food options for Cantabrians. We created the Edible Canterbury Charter that weaves together a “patchwork of food producing hotspots woven like a ribbon into the fabric of our community”.

The Ōtākaro Orchard is a project of the Food Resilience Network to build an urban learning hub for local food in the heart of Christchurch.  As the only community-led anchor project of the rebuild, Ōtākaro Orchard is a rare example of grassroots community vision backed by both the local & national government, and the private sector. Additionally, this project won the tender from CERA for the North Frame Community Garden. This project is a critical anchor for our thriving local food movement, a central nexus for inter-generational learning, and a world-class exemplar of what’s possible for New Zealand and other cities around the globe.

Ōtākaro Orchard is a self-sustaining site, with a Cafe and Information Centre, Social Enterprise Cafe, and is HQ for the Food Resilience Network.

Ōtākaro Orchard is realising the vision of the community thanks to help from generous donors and volunteers. To get involved, join in a working bee, tour the site, or make a contribution, please visit us at on Facebook .