Growing habit in Cannons Creek
A pear tree planted on a bitterly cold morning could sprout a food movement in Wellington.
The Garden to Table programme, already established elsewhere, reached Porirua’s Cannons Creek School last Wednesday, and the occasion was marked with the planting of the pear tree.
Garden to Table founder Catherine Bell said the programme in primary schools focused on four areas – growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food around a table.
The programme was linked to schools’ core subjects, she said. For example, measuring how many rows of seeds could be planted helped teach the children maths skills.
Twenty New Zealand schools were already taking part and it was expected four Wellington schools would sign up, she said.
Though Cannons Creek School’s garden is so far limited to the solitary pear tree, the plan is for the garden to eventually produce enough to feed the children taking part once a week.
Schools in the programme already have bees for honey and chickens for eggs.
Cannons Creek principal Ruth O’Neill said growing food at the school had long been an ambition, but had never really taken off because teachers did not have the time.
However, Garden to Table, through sponsorship, was able to have gardeners and cooks visit to help with lessons.