Little school makes big impact on the gardening scene
May Road School may be small, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking out the first community project title in the Great New Zealand Grow Off.
Tui Garden Products launched the competition in August to motivate and encourage people to get outdoors and grow their own vegetables.
The Mt Roskill primary school beat more than 900 entrants to win a garden shed and gardening products worth $1000.
Teacher Rebecca Haydon says the four large garden beds were built last year to provide students, teachers, parents and the community with vegetables throughout spring and summer.
“We are a health promoting school and part of that involves running weekly cooking classes for parents.
“Because it’s a community garden we use produce from the garden in these classes and encourage people to take things as they grow.”
Excess produce was also sold to teachers to raise money for school events.
Ms Haydon says there are plans to extend the garden and set up a worm farm.
“We’ve got a lunchtime gardening club and our compost must be good because the garden is growing says.
Tui’s marketing manager Katie Ryall set up the com-
well,” she petition in August and says May Road School impressed judges because it showed a considerable amount of teamwork and collaboration.
“They involved a broad spectrum of people.
“From students it flowed on to teachers which flowed on to parents and the wider community.
“Rebecca’s energetic use of the garden in cooking classes was also a clear winner.”
Good growth: May Road School teacher Rebecca Haydon with pupils Tirsite Tesfaye, Joe Fakafanua and Kasimili Fetuanai, all 10, pitch in to help their garden grow.