“Claire and Grow Inspired is a platform for rich learning, radical connection with our land and activated social change. I recently attended a composting workshop with Claire at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre and walked away a more empowered human, armed with pearls of garden wisdom that are almost inaccessible these days.

The workshop allowed me to realise my green thumb potential and network with other like-minded people in our tight-knit community here on the island.

In this way, Claire is a woman who embodies her mission: she inspires you to grow food with wholehearted intention and love. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with us – I am preaching the word of effective microorganisms almost every day! Ha! Kia ora & nga mihi, Claire.”

Alice McSherry, workshop student, Waiheke Island

“I have known Claire Mummery for a number of years.

I have found her to be a highly skilled gardener, with expert knowledge on the use of Bokashi for food waste composting. Claire has excellent knowledge on different techniques using Bokashi on a small and large scale, including the use of Bokashi juice for improving the health status of food crops.

Claire also has excellent knowledge in the use of EM technology in gardens and vineyards.”

Mike Daly, Owner of EMNZ, Christchurch

“Claire was able to pull me out of the feeling of overwhelm I was stuck in by developing a systematic plan and strategy that will help us develop a garden we love and can maintain with the time we have available. Very reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable help us through this process. Her and team have done a very thorough job so far and be assured, there’s no time wasting. They just get stuck in. Highly recommend.”

Lisa Paris, private client, Waiheke Island

“Claire is my gardening coach. She has a massive challenge because I have minimal knowledge.
But thanks to Claire I’m enjoying the journey. Learning about moon phases and plant growth;
enriching the soil; as well as a focus on organic principals with no chemicals.

Also my knowledge is growing about the importance of using food waste/bokashi. As well as
using nutrient rich fertilisers. Plus (EM) Effective Microorganisms to enhance the soil ecosystem,
and using natural pest deterrents.

Still heaps to learn and put into practice. It gives me tons of personal satisfaction growing our own food. Thanks Claire hang in there!”

Sir Graham Henry, private client, Waiheke Island

“Claire was a fantastic ‘ guru gardener’ for us at a time when we needed guidance and help with tackling our 36 fruit trees. She gave us the confidence to prune our own trees by first explaining the concepts then with great patience allowing us to try ourselves as she watched on . This helped us to come to grips with a job in the garden that we had previously found daunting. She generously passed on a lot of knowledge throughout the day and left us with organic  fertilisers and the promise of an ongoing connection which we will be excited to continue with as the season progresses. Claire’s passion for organic gardening is infectious and her energy is truly admirable . Thanks so much Claire!”

Jo Larkin, private client, Waiheke Island

“Claire and her team transformed my garden from a bit of a neglected overgrown and under-planted mess, to a tidy, productive and visually attractive garden.  The fruit trees are thriving, the winter garden is giving and every time I go outside I get such pleasure out of the flowers that have been pruned and/or planted.  I had let my garden get to the overwhelming point, but now I am able to potter to my heart’s content and largely keep on top of it.  And if and when I can’t, I’ll be calling them in again.”

Karen Blair, private client, Auckland

“Thanks again for presenting such a wonderful inspiring workshop. Your experience and passion for better living shines through. I left inspired; collected the fallen grapefruit on my section, found some tiger worms for my new worm bin, and made plans to start a Bokashi.”

Natalie Wild, workshop student, Waiheke Island

“I have taken two classes with Claire and am amazed at the fountain of knowledge that she possesses. She is a kind and gentle teacher, never making anyone feel they are poor in their lack of knowledge, instead she nurtures to give the feeling that anyone can grow their own food.

Her slogan “magic does happen” is very apt for her teaching, and she shows you the easy tricks that you can use to make it happen in your own garden. Every little plant is a success story to Claire, and it makes each of her students proud to be able to flourish. Her gift of information has given me the confidence to try to grow many plants that I would otherwise have given up on. Even tomatoes are looking healthy in my garden, whereas I have never had any success with them before. I can highly recommend Claire for her wonderful calm and giving approach, let her help you make magic happen in your garden.”

Adam, workshop student, Waiheke Island

“Since meeting Claire her passion, wisdom and expertise has not only inspired me in my garden but also given me confidence to try new things, and feel good about the progress I am making. Claire is always there to answer any questions and goes out of her way to help whenever and where ever she can. Her enthusiasm overflows and shows in everything she does. I feel blessed to call Claire not only my gardening mentor but also my friend. And my garden looks pretty darn good as well.”

Tammy, private client, Waiheke Island

“Before I met Claire I was totally intimidated by my garden. I never knew what to plant or how to take care of it. Claire has given me the confidence to get in there and just do it! She is an amazing gardener and a wonderful teacher. Her patience and generosity seem to know no bounds and her enthusiasm is infectious.”

Suzie, workshop student, Waiheke Island