Green thumbs turn into ham­mer hands

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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.

Carl

Tiddy, one

of

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.

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