Grow­ing habit in Can­nons Creek

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TOM HUNT

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.

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