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.younggardenerawards.co.nz and close on September 29.