Garden grows com­mu­nity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Learn to garden or­gan­i­cally at your own pace this year, and you will be help­ing ed­u­cate at-risk youth.

The win- win course has been de­vised by Te Rito Or­gan­ics, which is strug­gling to make ends meet af­ter hav­ing much of its fund­ing cut last year.

‘‘We can’t keep re­ly­ing on fund­ing. We just want to de­velop a sus­tain­able op­er­a­tion,’’ says Leanne Pe­labon, the Kenepuru trust’s busi­ness devel­op­ment sup­porter.

Te Rito is of­fer­ing a course of 10 two-hour gar­den­ing lessons run by its tu­tors.

Lessons cover ev­ery­thing from ba­sic gar­den­ing to com­post, poul­try, worm farms, com­pan­ion plant­ing, prop­a­ga­tion, nat­u­ral fer­tilis­ers and bee­keep­ing.

The $230 course is valid for 12 months. Stu­dents can choose from four ses­sion times a week – two in the day­time, one in the evening and one at the week­end.

‘‘You can at­tend course ses­sions at your leisure,’’ Ms Pe­labon says.

The course fees will go to­wards Te Rito Or­gan­ics’ main work, pro­vid­ing free gar­den­ing ed­u­ca­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple.

‘‘It’s just such an awe­some or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ Ms Pe­labon says.

An­other fundrais­ing scheme Te Rito is run­ning is a pick-your-own or­ganic fruit and veg­etable mar­ket ev­ery Fri­day from 3pm till 6pm. The scheme started last year and is be­com­ing really pop­u­lar, she says.

‘‘It’s start­ing to be­come a real com­mu­nity spot, peo­ple come to catch up with each other.’’

Con­tact Yolande at nur­ture na­ture@ par­adise. net. nz or 021 631 097.

Or­gan­ics on your own terms: Te Rito Or­gan­ics in Kenepuru is of­fer­ing a flex­i­ble gar­den­ing course to plug a fund­ing gap that threat­ens its youth ed­u­ca­tion work, says Leanne Pe­labon.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.