Gardeners start small

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

With spring in the air, a group of seven bud­ding en­trepreneurs are sow­ing the seeds to help grow fu­ture gardeners.

St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege’s young en­ter­prise team has cre­ated a 40-page gar­den­ing book specif­i­cally for pri­mary school chil­dren.

Through their busi­ness GYO, which stands for Grow Your Own, the year 12 stu­dents be­gan de­vel­op­ing the con­cept Grow­ing Kids Grow­ing Gar­dens in March.

GYO’s mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Lisa Buczkowski says al­though work on the gar­den­ing man­ual was a com­bined ef­fort, only one of the girls had hor­ti­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.

“By pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity we all learnt some­thing too.”

The step-by-step guide, tar­geted at five to 10-year-olds, also in­cludes recipes for the veg­eta­bles grown as well as a glossary and grow­ing chart to mon­i­tor progress.

“When we looked at what was on the mar­ket their were lots of books for par­ents teach­ing chil­dren how to gar­den but noth­ing for chil­dren to teach them­selves,” says Lisa.

St Cuth­bert’s Young En­ter­prise teacher Anna Ready says her eightyear-old can read the book and fol­low its in­struc­tions all by him­self, which is ex­actly what GYO set out to achieve.

“They’ve pro­duced a pro­fes­sional looking chil­dren’s gar­den­ing book that is spot on for their tar­get mar­ket.”

She says the group has put in a huge amount of ef­fort and long hours to reach its goals and has been great fun to work with.

“The girls re­ally thought hard about pro­duc­ing a prod­uct that re- lated to a cur­rent top­i­cal me­dia story.

“I love see­ing them turn their vi­sion into a re­al­ity.”

To or­der a $14.99 copy of Grow­ing Kids Grow­ing Gar­dens, which also comes with a packet of seeds, visit www.gyo. net.nz.

Photo: CARLY TAWHIAO

Green fin­gers: St Cuth­bert’s young en­ter­prise team, GYO, proudly dis­played the fruits of their labour at a re­cent plant­ing day. It pro­vided ju­nior pupils with an op­por­tu­nity to plant cab­bage seeds in a yo­ghurt pot­tle to take home. Clock­wise from left: Emily Hin­ton, Jes­sica Cole, Mad­di­son Forde, Sara Shi­razi, Lisa Buczkowski, Brooke Hardy 9, Cindy Lin 8, Is­abella Price 8, Madeleine Elder-Colombie and Aarani Anand­abaskaran.

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