Creating orchard for kids
Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten is well-prepared to turn one of the kids’ dreams into reality.
Children, families and community members are going to work together and plant multiple fruit trees, including plum, peach, apple, nectarine and Nashi pear, to create a community orchard this Saturday.
The idea of being able to pick fruit off trees emerged a year ago when the young ones were talking about what they want for the environment, kaiwhakahaere (team leader) of the kindy Jacqui Lees says.
‘‘We hope to build a sense of community and enable families to learn about growing their own produce and also provide the resources to support families to feed their children fruit and vegetables.’’
The project is supported by teachers and churches that share the site, and also a grant from the Howick Local Board.
The kindergarten would also like to plant a community vegetable garden, and some native trees along the estuary by the kindy in the future to support biodiversity.
‘‘Maintaining the orchard will involve long-term commitment. Moving ahead with other planting will possibly require greater community involvement and support,’’ Lees says.
The planting is on September 30 at 9am. People can register on Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten’s Facebook page to join in. There will also be a bouncy castle and sausage sizzle.
Kids weeding with Lees are, left to right, Ashton, Jeremiah and Ben.