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Delivering Urban Wellbeing through Transformative Community Enterprise

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Social enterprises, which focus on ethical social and environmental returns instead of just profit, have grown notably in post-quake Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

One such enterprise, Cultivate, utilises post-quake vacant land in Christchurch to grow vegetables and foster social wellbeing. Founded by an ecologist and a social worker, Cultivate aims to offer a supportive setting for young individuals to acquire new skills. Operating two urban farms, Cultivate not only grows vegetables for local businesses but also collects green waste for composting and land development. The enterprise employs recycled materials extensively and engages both interns and volunteers in their operations. Crucially, Cultivate offers non-clinical mental health support at a time when Christchurch’s traditional mental health services face heightened demand, especially as post-quake rebuild jobs decrease and mental health issues rise. Cultivate represents an innovative approach to community care in Christchurch, providing value beyond typical financial returns.

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