Gram­mar se­cures use of farm for a fur­ther 95 years

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School has se­cured the use of its farm for a fur­ther 95 years.

The school has en­joyed the use of a 20 acre farm for its agri­cul­tural courses for the past 80 years fol­low­ing a grant from the then Auck­land Sav­ings Bank.

As a boys’ school at the time the land was ini­tially used for pre­par­ing the stu­dents for em­ploy­ment in more tra­di­tional farming roles.

In more re­cent times there has been a shift to­wards a more aca­demic agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural sci­ence-based cur­ricu­lum.

While some stu­dents still go on to farming roles, an in­creas­ing num­ber are also find­ing places in ar­eas like vet­eri­nary sci­ence, hor­ti­cul­ture and equine stud­ies.

The orig­i­nal lease was re­cently re­newed by ASB Bank and the farm is to be known as the ASB Farm at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School.

Build­ings on the farm in­clude a one-stand wool shed with full wool-han­dling fa­cil­i­ties, suf­fi­cient pens to hold 150 sheep overnight, a unit for small an­i­mals and a man­ager’s res­i­dence.

The farm is vis­ited by thou­sands of peo­ple a year from preschool­ers to se­nior cit­i­zens.

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