Gardeners start small
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.
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.