It started out as a messy bit of land behind Whangārei Airport.
Now the Wai Ariki Food Forest Onerahi-rahi, on the corner of Whimp Ave and Church St, Onerahi, has celebrated its third birthday after countless volunteer hours has it producing fruit and veges for the community.
Wendy Giffin, from the forest garden, said Saturday's birthday celebrations were an indication of how far the garden has come in the three years since it started as a community vision.
''It's gone really well. We always need more weeders and planters, as we are just volunteers, but this is a good community asset and while we help feed the community, the aim is also to bring people together,'' Giffin said.
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''We've people from all walks of life coming together to help out. It's a really healing and calming place for people.''
Northern Advocate photographer Michael Cunningham went along for the birthday celebrations.