Young 'earthworms' get back to basics - By Stuart Whitaker

AT Gate Pa School as much as possible is recycled to keep the veggie garden going.  An old tea chest has been made into a wheel barrow, raised planters have been created from old tyres, there is a frame used for re-potting made from wood reclaimed from a refurbishment of the school hall and bark from the removal of trees is on the ground.

But when it comes to plants, recycling isn’t quite as easy.  It is, says Kevin O’Hanlon?or Mr O?who oversees all the work that goes on in the garden, the most expensive part of the process.  The school generally has to buy seeds or seedlings.  But that cost is about to be reduced thanks to the McCain School Veggie Patch programme.
The programme allows shoppers to educate Kiwi kids about vegetables and where they come from.  Gate Pa School is one of eight across the Tauranga district to register for the programme.  Once schools register, anyone who purchases selected McCain products (and provides the barcode to their local school) will gain points for that school.  Registered schools can then redeem their points for a range of gardening tools, seeds and equipment such as wheelbarrows, water tanks and compost bins to help their school’s veggie patch flourish.


Young ‘earthworms’ get back to basics Young ‘earthworms’ get back to basics

‘‘Involving children in the process of growing, harvesting, eating and even buying vegetables is a great way to get them excited about eating veggies,’’ says Nicki Anderson, marketing director of McCain Foods Australia and New Zealand.  ‘‘The McCain School Veggie Patches programme equips students with invaluable knowledge and a hands-on experience that will continue to grow with them well into the future.’’ The Gate Pa School vegetable patch is a credit to those involved with a wide range of greens including purple cauliflower, broccoli, a range of Chinese greens, potatoes, herbs and strawberries.  But it isn’t just about growing the vegetables.

Pupils are also taught how to cook them and make nourishing meals from what they have produced.  The garden is also where the school’s Paper for Trees young native plants are raised before being planted in the gully area of the school grounds Other Tauranga schools to register for the programme are: Bay of Plenty Homeschoolers, Pillans Point Primary School, Tauranga Primary School, Pyes Pa School, Bethlehem Primary School, Matua School and Otumoetai Primary School.

 

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31 January to 13 April

Term 2
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