Guided by principals of Kaitiakitanga, OMG is an example of a sustainable and regenerative food system in our increasingly busy city.
Chamomile is a perennial favourite at Ashley & Co, so when we arrived at OMG and ran our hands through a fresh cluster of the crop, we were overwhelmed by the heady scent. Head gardener Levi Brinsdon-Hall let us know that the varietal was German Chamomile, rather than the Roman species most commonly known. It was a still, clear morning, before the sun hit the crop directly and the aroma was deep and sweet; the plant’s happy flowers filled with spring optimism.
OMG stands for Organic Market Garden. On what was a vacant urban plot, Levi and his army of volunteers have created a city farm. Levi knows his plants and here on this sloping 600m2 section he produces an abundance of seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers, surrounded by the hum of traffic and an iconic, urban backdrop of graffiti, roads, retail and apartment buildings.