Green thumbs turn into hammer hands
A nice new greenhouse has taken pride of place in the Matamata College horticulture area after the school received $ 5000 worth of funding from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund and major support from Comag to complete the project.
Raunesh Chand, head of agriculture/horticulture at the college, said he was proud of students who spent their lunch times building the greenhouse.
Despite having no prior knowledge of building or planning, the students had done a great job, Mr Chand said.
the students who spent a lot of time building the greenhouse, said dedicating the time to see the project through was about giving something back to the college.
‘‘We had a lot of laughs and good times along the way,’’ he said.
Mr Chand said now that the greenhouse was completed, there would be more opportunity for indoor planting during the winter months.
There was also an opportunity to show students about how to grow using hydroponics.
There are three agriculture/horticulture classes at Matamata College involving a total of 65 students.
Interest continues to grow Mr Chand said, with a number of the students expressing a desire to pursue a career in agriculture.
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund supports the rural
plants communities where Fonterra operates by funding their clever ideas, projects and initiatives.
The fund support projects that are in line with Fonterra’s values of quality, safety, wellbeing, the environment, and fostering community spirit.
Awards are granted for between $ 500 and $ 5000 and applications are considered twice a year.
Finished: From left: Jarrod Parker, Jesse Holdsworth, Carl Tiddy, Brandon Hawke and Raunesh Chand inside the new greenhouse they helped to build. Team effort: The completed Matamata College greenhouse.