“I have never grown so much produce from seed before. The course has inspired me…” – Jo

As the holiday season nears, and our courses take a recess, we’d like to reflect on some of the awesome work done by our new country-wide Sustainability courses. Courses are nearly a third through their programme, and we have already seen very impressive work and positive feedback from our students.

Our Kapiti course is on week 13 of their course, with one more workshop to go for 2023. The group has covered soils, teaching students how to analyse soil and recommend systems/products for soil life restoration. As apart of their programme they have also been learning how to sow seeds and grow seedlings. One of our students, Jo, has taken these skills outside of the programme, to a school in Wellington region, where she is working for Garden to Table.

Garden to Table is an in-school programme for tamariki to learn how to grow, harvest and prepare food. Similar to our own programmes, students have a workshop where they learn hands-on skills that they can use in their everyday lives. They’re either in the garden, learning to grow their own produce, maintain their gardens and harvest their crops, or in the kitchen, learning to prepare and cook their own food from scratch.

Jo has used her new skills from her Sustainability course to have a seedling sale at the school. They raised $300 for their Garden to Table programme. We’re loving watching our students being able to transfer their skills from the classroom, into their everyday lives.

 “I am loving the Sustainable Primary Production course, thank you! I am learning so much and very much enjoying passing the knowledge on to my Garden to Table students, colleagues and friends.” – Jo

Garden to Table Seedling Sale rotated e1702502670225

Some of the seedlings that were grown by Jo.