Gar­den Club boost for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JEREMY WILKIN­SON

Or­ganic veg­eta­bles are now grown on site at Corinna School thanks to the Porirua Schools Gar­den Club.

The club has set up gar­den beds, com­post bins and gar­den­ing work­shops for chil­dren at five schools in the Porirua basin.

The work­shops teach chil­dren how to plant, care for, harvest and cook veg­eta­bles to pro­mote healthy eat­ing and the use of fresh in­gre­di­ents.

Alicia Rich has been run­ning the pro­gramme for more than two years and said teach­ing chil­dren gar­den­ing skills was es­sen­tial.

‘‘The skills the chil­dren learn are most im­por­tant. We’ve had chil­dren say they have taken what they’ve learned and ap­plied it at home,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re re­ally keen on com­post­ing to look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment by get­ting the kids to put less rub­bish in the land­fill.’’

The gar­den club has a range of sup­port­ers al­ready, in­clud­ing Tree Tech and Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion.

Tree Tech, a lo­cal ar­borist, sup­plies the mulch, Te Rito Gar­dens has helped sup­ply gar­den beds, Com­mon­sense Or­gan­ics is spon­sor­ing the pro­gramme and Porirua City Coun­cil has helped set up com­post bins.

Porirua Schools Gar­den Club has also been nom­i­nated for a $5000 grant as part of the En­er­gizer Power of Pos­i­tive Energy Pro­ject. Win­ners will be an­nounced on July 1.

Ten En­er­gizer pro­ject grants will be avail­able for projects that fo­cus on waste min­imi­sa­tion and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Rich said the grants would help get more schools on board with the pro­gramme by fund­ing gar­den beds and soil for start-up gar­dens.

‘‘ At the mo­ment Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion helps build up to 25 gar­dens per year in the homes of chil­dren who are es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in the pro­gramme and want to do some­thing sim­i­lar in their own homes,’’ she said.

‘‘Hav­ing the grant would en­able us to build more gar­dens for chil­dren in their own homes.’’

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