A major Queenstown shopping precinct has joined forces with a local school to give them land for a community garden.
Remarkable harvest: (from left) Community project leader and Remarkables Primary teacher Brendon Martyn, pupils Hugo Wallace, 11, Kairi Nakayama, 12, Molly Campbell, 11, and Olivia Porter
Senior kids at Remarkables Primary will have the opportunity to design, build, manage and harvest their own vegie patch through the Garden to Table programme, a curriculum-integrated scheme which began more than 10 years ago in Australia.
The plot will be on land set aside by Remarkables Park at Frankton.
Remarkables Park communications and projects boss Olivia Porter says the development is thrilled to offer the Year Seven and Eight students the opportunity.
“The garden site will allow plenty of opportunity for pupils to learn and understand the natural world and how to cultivate it.”
The kids will sell their harvested crop to the Kawarau Village’s Hilton kitchen – where they would prepare the food in the commercial kitchen during their Food and Technology module – or at local markets, Porter says.
Remarkables Primary principal Debbie Dickson says the project will teach the kids how to innovate, gain life skills and understand work expectations.
So far, Garden to Table Trust – in coalition with their Australian foundation – has spread the initiative across 180 primary schools.
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