SBS shares benefits of gardening
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.