Co-founder of Cultivate Christchurch (New Zealand)
Bailey is a Tangata Tiriti, husband, father of two, and a Christchurch local of seven generations. For many more generations, his ancestors have consistently been agriculturalists, built churches and been known for espousing radical views and their commitment to helping people. This is true for Bailey, although the church is still to come, he has led the development of numerous social ventures, including community gardens, residents’ association coups, community-led disaster recovery plans, local food enterprises and much more.
Bailey has an honours degree in Environmental Management from Lincoln University, with a specialisation in professional planning. In 2013, he received a World of Difference grant from the Vodafone NZ Foundation. The funding was to build sustainability into the existing community gardening and local food ventures he was involved in and integrate a youth development programme.
At SEWF 2017, Bailey is representing Cultivate Christchurch - a social enterprise founded in 2014 with Vodafone NZ Foundation Alumni, Fiona Stewart. Cultivate combines youth engagement and urban farming to inspire all people to live lives they value. It has three distinct aspects to its service delivery model that contain stand-alone ventures in their own right. Run as an integrated whole, Cultivate Christchurch builds urban farms, diverts CBD food waste from landfill, engages highly vulnerable young people and involves a diverse and powerful network of people and community partners throughout. Future ventures in the mix include more urban farms, productive ‘Commons’/greenspace management and design services, and commercial composting for plant-based packaging.