SBS shares ben­e­fits of gar­den­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By SUE FEA

The SBS Bank is again pro­mot­ing its community-in­spired SOW and GROW ed­i­ble gar­den ini­tia­tive this spring.

Any­one can col­lect a free packet of seeds from the SBS Queen­stown and Cromwell branches this month and SBS busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Honor Mathieson said they were en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to share seeds.

The Queen­stown bank was also hold­ing a prize draw for its SOW and GROW com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing about 50 dif­fer­ent gar­den-re­lated prizes, in­clud­ing bokashi buck­ets, a tun­nel grow, worm cast­ings, a one-hour com­post­ing work­shop and gear from Mitre 10.

The Queen­stown Har­vest Community Gar­dens and the veg­e­grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Lake Hayes A & P Show were also be­ing pro­moted by the bank.

Staff hoped peo­ple would dis­cover the ben­e­fits of grow­ing their own veges, be­ing sus­tain­able and en­joy­ing the ‘‘feel-good’’ fac­tor this gen­er­ated for ev­ery­one in­volved, Ms Mathieson said.

Cromwell-based cus­tomer ser­vices of­fi­cer Raewyn Joyce said Cromwell school pupils were be­ing taught to make biodegrad­able pots from news­pa­per and plant­ing in them, and there was also a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion un­der way. Ms Mathieson said a class at Re­mark­ables Pri­mary School had planted some SBS seedlings as part of a wider Gar­den to Ta­ble pro­gramme do­ing a de­sign­ing, cook­ing and grow­ing project with chefs at the nearby Hil­ton Queen­stown.

‘‘ The kids have planted lots of seeds in egg car­tons and then they will grow those into seedlings and sell them at the Re­mark­ables Farm­ers Mar­ket as a fundraiser,’’ Ms Mathieson said.

Hil­ton Queen­stown gen­eral man­ager An­drew Nis­bet said Re­mark­ables School had been given a plot of land by Re­mark­ables Park de­vel­oper Alas­tair Porter for 20 year 7 and 8 pupils to grow food and learn about that process.

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