Expanding field education: Hope Trust Community Garden


  • Sandra Heerink Hope Trust Community Garden, Rangiora, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Vivienne Sinclair-Phillips Hope Trust Community Garden, Rangiora, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Alison Jagger Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Kathryn Hay Massey University Aotearoa New Zealand




Field education, community gardens, hope, Christian social work


Field education is well known as a defining experience in the personal and professional development of social work students. Authentic, meaningful learning opportunities in the workplace contributes to students becoming socialised to the profession and being able to integrate theoretical learning into their practice. Field education occurs across myriad fields of practice and organisational environments. Community gardens are an emerging field of practice for student placements in Aotearoa New Zealand. This viewpoint reflects on the value of field education in this domain from the perspectives of the field mentor, student and external field educator. The reflections highlight the value of this space for learning and supporting social and environmental justice for clients and communities.


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How to Cite

Heerink, S., Sinclair-Phillips, V., Jagger, A., & Hay, K. (2021). Expanding field education: Hope Trust Community Garden. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 33(1), 112–115. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol33iss1id829