West Auckland resident and keen gardener Brent Mags from MixitLive TV is the convener of My Backyard Garden Project and collaborated with Maclaren Park Henderson South Community Trust (MPHS) in Henderson to roll out the project.

Through building relationships with local suppliers, Brent and staff at MPHS managed to source materials to ensure there was no cost to families wanting to start their own garden.

Families are involved right from the start by constructing planter boxes through to unloading soil and planting spinach, kale and lettuce seedlings. During winter, MPHS became a temporary construction hub where mums and dads used tools to break down recycled crates and saw pieces of wood to size to create planter boxes for their own garden. Brent, staff from MPHS and volunteers supported families throughout the process.