The search for Young Gar­dener of the Year


‘‘We are on a mis­sion to change the way chil­dren ap­proach and think about food.’’

A na­tion­wide pro­gramme which en­cour­ages school chil­dren to em­brace healthy eat­ing and cook­ing has an­nounced a new com­pe­ti­tion.

Gar­den to Table has kicked off the first-ever Young Gar­dener of the Year award and is on the hunt for green-thumbed, healthy-liv­ing school chil­dren.

The na­tion­wide search kicked off last week, with stu­dents from the 60 Gar­den to Table par­tic­i­pat­ing schools na­tion­wide el­i­gi­ble.

Gar­den to Table chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Tay­lor said the awards were de­signed to recog­nise the tal­ent and achieve­ments of in­di­vid­u­als and schools which are gar­den­ing, grow­ing and har­vest­ing nu­tri­tious food.

‘‘We are on a mis­sion to change the way chil­dren ap­proach and think about food,’’ she said. ‘‘At Gar­den to Table we strongly be­lieve that chil­dren who un­der­stand where good food comes from – and how to pre­pare it – are likely to make bet­ter food choices.’’

Ten fi­nal­ists will be se­lected with awards for the top five.

El­i­gi­ble Can­ter­bury schools in­clude Di­a­mond Har­bour Pri­mary School, St Martin’s Pri­mary School, Ka­iapoi Bor­ough School, Ric­car­ton Pri­mary School and Case­brook In­ter­me­di­ate School. En­trants can ap­ply at www.young­gar­den­er­ and close on Septem­ber 29.

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